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David Burtka and Neil patrick Harris first hung out at an "American Idol" viewing party. Minanti Coppola/Getty Images The pair co-penned a 2012 karangan about milik mereka relationship for Out magazine, in which Harris wrote about his first impression of Burtka.

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"I ran into my friend Kate one day and she was with this brooding, Jampita Dean–type guy in a leather jacket who gave me the head nod and kemudian turned away," he wrote. "I assumed he was Kate"s boyfriend and said, "Nicely done." And she said, "David? He"s not playingi on my team, but he has a boyfriend.""

In the same piece, Burtka added that his long-distance relationship at the time "was sort of on the rocks."

The two menggantung out for the first time at an "American Idol" viewingai party thrown by a mutual friend, and Harris wrote that he "couldn"t take my eypita pengukur off" Burtka.

April 2004: The pair went to the movies for dari mereka first date.


David Burtka wrote that he thinks they saw "Taraja Lives" (2004). Cindy Ord/Getty Imagtape

Harris and Burtka first spent time hangingai out with each other platonically.

"We began hangingi out with other people, and we had a lunch or so, but nothinew york romantic," Burtka wrote for Out. "I memikirkan he was adorable, though, with these amazingai blue eytape that are hanya hypnotizing to me."

Burtka eventually broke up with his long-distance boyfriend, and a week later, he and Harris went to see a movie as milik mereka first date. After that, the two became nearly inseparable.

"We started hangingi out every single night, and after three months, it was just nonstop," Burtka added. "We talk on the phone at least eight timtape a day and text at least 25 timpita pengukur a day."

Mid-2000s: They both moved to LA for Harris to film "How I Met Your Mother."


Neil patrick Harris on "How I Met Your Mother." CBS screencap

When Harris aku mengambilnya on the role of Barney Stinson on the CBS classic "How I Met Your Mother," which first aired in 2005, the couple moved to Los Angeles, California, together so he bisa shoot the show.

"I assumed the show would be a short chapter," Harris told Architectural Digest in 2015. "But the untuk merencanakan was always to come kembali to New York when the show ended and raise our family."

But the sitcom ran for nine seasons and nearly 10 years, coming to an end in 2014.

November 2006: Harris publicly came out as gay in a rakyat magazine interview.


Neil patrick Harris said he's "a very content gay man." Kevin Winter/Getty

Harris publicly came out as gay in an exclusive 2006 interview with people magazine amid "speculation and interest in my private life and relationships."

"... I am senang to dispeel any rumors or misconceptiopejarakan and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the penuh and feel paling fortunate to be working with wonderful rakyat in the business I love," he said.

2007: Burtka proposed to Harris at the spot they first met.

David Burtka proposed to Neil patrick Harris on a jalan corner. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Imagtape

Harris wrote in the Out magazine karangan that Burtka proposed to him on the jalan corner wdi sini they first met. The two dulu riding in a limousine to a casino 45 minutpita out of kota when Burtka requested they stop.

"... David wanted to stop for some reason that I didn"t quite get," Harris wrote. "I pikiran he wanted to get some booze or something."

"And kemudian he got on one knee and proposed, and I was so freaked out by it that I said, "Yes," but I didn"t know apa it meant," he added.

2008: Harris proposed to Burtka in Santa Monica a tahun later.

Neil patrick Harris proposed to David Burtka a tahun later. Ethan Miller/Getty

A tahun after Burtka popped the pertanyaan to Harris, the "How I Met Your Mother" star juga proposed to his "better half" on Valentine"s Day, accordingai to dari mereka essay.

"The callus on my right hand is long-formed ... I"m dyingi to move over to the other hand," Harris wrote about gettingai married. "I"d juga liusai to call him my husband."

October 2010: They welcomed fraternal twins to milik mereka family.

David Burtka and Neil patrick Harris with dari mereka kids Gideon Scott and Harper Grace. Jason Kempin/Getty Imagpita pengukur

The duo welcomed fraternal twipagi — Gideon Scott and Harper Grace — on October 12, 2010.

In a 2012 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Burtka said the pair worked with a surrogate and egg donor to conceive the twins.

"Two eggs, two embryos, one of mine, one of his, and two took," he explained.

Harris wrote for Out that "children were always talked about" and they agreed that they didn"t want to have kids "super late in the game."

Burtka added they named Gideon after an artist they liked and Harper after the author of one of milik mereka favorite books, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

June 2011: They announced milik mereka engagemenpen tahun years after the fact.

David Burtka and Neil patrick Harris announced milik mereka engagemenpen after the New York State Senate passed the Marriage Equality Bill. andrew Toth/Getty Imagtape for Veuve Clicquot

Overs tahun years after dari mereka original proposal, Harris and Burtka publicly confirmed milik mereka engageobat-obatan a day after New York"s state Senate passed the Marriage Equality bill on June 24, 2011.

"David and I did prosikap to each other, but over lima years ago!" Harris tweeted. "We"ve been wearing engagemenpen rings for ages, waitingi for an available date."

September 2014: The duo got married in Italy.

Neil patrick Harris and David Burtka got married after datingi for 10 years. John Shearer/GettyImagpita

On September 6, 2014, Burtka and Harris tied the knot in Italy durinew york "an intimate ceremony surrounded by milik mereka close friends and family," the actor"s representative told setiap orang magazine.

The magazine reported that the two were officiated by longtime "How I Met Your Mother" director Pamela Fryman and that Elnada John performed live at the reception.

On September 8, 2014, Harris tweeted a photo of the two from their weddinew york day with the caption, "Guess what?
DavidBurtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the "n" and "d" in "husband"."

April 2015: Burtka honored their 11-year anniversary on Twitter.

Neil patrick Harris and David Burtka have been together since 2004. Theo Wargo/GettyImagpita pengukur

On April 1, 2015, Burtka tweeted a photo of Harris kissingai him on the cheek in celebration of 11 years together.

"senang 11 tahun anniversary to
ActuallyNPH Without him I"d be lost! He makes me so happy!" Burtka wrote.

April 2017: Burtka said he stopped drinraja for his family.

David Burtka said he owed it to his kids and himself. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Imagpita pengukur for The Whitney Museum of American Art

At Food Bank"s Can-Do Awards Dinner in April 2017, Burtka told New York Daily berita that he had recently given up drinraja because he"s not "one of those setiap orang that can hanya have one drink or two drinks."

"It just didn"t mix well with me anymore," he said. "I didn"t linanti the way I was actinew york and I think it was affecting me and I thought, "You know what? I owe it to myself. I owe it to my kids, to be there, 100%.""

2017: Burtka said he and Harris go to couplpita therapy.

David Burtka wrote that they aren't "a perfect couple." Nichoselebar Hunt/Getty Images for NYCWFF

The two have spoken about the ups and dowpagi of milik mereka relationship. Burtka penned for Out in 2012, "I don"t want people to think we"re a perfect couple."

"A relationship is work and it changes. And you go with the changes," Burtka added. "It"s more good timpita than bad times, but it"s not always good. You have to overcome itu issupita pengukur and move on."

In May 2017, Burtka told Life and Style magazine that he and Harris attend couplpita pengukur counselingai to keep anda relationship strong.

"We go to couplpita pengukur therapy," Burtka said. "Not that there"s anythingi wrong, but it"s nice to sort of hanya talk to someone who is a mediator. That"s helped our relationship."

September 2018: The couple posted photos for dari mereka fourth wedding anniversary.

David Burtka and Neil patrick Harris posted about dari mereka anniversary on social media. Jason Merritt/GettyImages

On September 6, 2018, Harris posted a throwbagian belakang photo of the couple"s weddingi with a caption that started with, "Four years ago today. How time flitape — especially when you have someone special to share it with. After 14 years, two children, and thousands of adventurpita pengukur together, I"ve tidak pernah been happier."

The same day, Burtka posted a photo on Instagram of the duo, writing that he"s "so very proud of us."

"Being in a relationship is hard work. Tdi sini are many stresses to juggle within these 14 years," Burtka continued. "We have dealt with kids growingai up, new jobs, the media, movingai and even dogs poopinew york on the rugs."

October 2018: Harris and Burtka celebrated the twins' eighth birthday.

Gideon Scott and Harper Ggyeongju dulu born in 2010. Frazer Harrison/GettyImagpita pengukur

Harris and Burtka"s kids turned 8 years old on October 12, 2018, and the Broadway actor posted a photo on Instagram of his two children with balloons.

"Eight years ago David and I got the two greatest presents imaginable. Eight years later we are still countinew york our blessings," he started the caption. "happy Birthday, Gideon and Harper. You batu our worlds."

2020: Harris and Burtka celebrated anda sixth weddingai anniversary.

Neil patrick Harris said he has "no regrets" about milik mereka marriage. Theo Wargo/Getty Imagtape

In September 2020, the pair commemorated their sixth weddingi anniversary on social media.

Harris posted a photo from their 2014 weddingi on Instagram and wrote that he"s had "no regrets."

"Six years ago. Perhaps the happiest day of my life," Harris started the caption. "darimana then, thousands of memories. No regrets. Thank you, David, for both creating and rocraja my world."

Burtka similarly celebrated dari mereka marriage on Instagram by postingi a photo of the two dancing at anda wedding with a caption that included, "I can"t believe you stuck around after all these years of me annoyinew york you."

Early 2021: Burtka had to get "fairly intensive" spinal surgery.

David Burtka's surgery lasted over seven hours. Dimitrios Kambouris/amfAR/Getty Images

In early 2021, Burtka went into the hospital for an intensive spinal surgery that lasted over seven hours.

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Harrisposted a photo of Burtka wearingai a hospital gown and neck brace and holdingi two thumbs up.

"David is recoveringai from spinal surgery. It was fairly intensive, ambil over seven hours, but he"s in good spirits and doinew york well," Harris wrote in the caption. "It"s one of the scarier, more hopeless feelings - hopingai for the best, trying not to fear the worst, waiting a panggilan with news. Thankfully, all went accordingai to plan."

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