Ever since same-sex marriages became legal in the US, we’ve had the chance to learn about some truly wonderful relationship stories.
Today we are going to talk about Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka.
These two have been one of the biggest proponents of gay relationships, but how did they meet and fall in love?
Neil Patrick Harris is a well-known American actor who is best known for his role on the CBS series ‘How I Met Your Mother’.
Neil began his career as a child actor and was discovered by Mark Madoff at a drama camp in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His debut film was ‘Clara’s Heart’, in which Madoff cast him.
At a very young age, “Clara’s Heart” earned Neil a Golden Globe nomination, and in the same year he starred in “Purple People Eater”, a children’s fantasy film.
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His first adult film role was in “Animal Room” in 1995. Thanks to his early success, Neil had no trouble landing gigs from then on.
Neil also had supporting roles in films such as ‘The Next Best Thing’, ‘Undercover Brother’ and ‘Starship Troopers’.
He also starred in “The Smurfs” and “The Smurf 2” and even did a voiceover for “Batman: Under the Red Hood”.
Neil also showed the world that he wasn’t just a comedic actor when he landed a part in “Gone Girl,” directed by David Fincher.
Of course, his most memorable appearance and possibly the role that made him as famous as he is today was in the CBS sitcom series “How I Met Your Mother” where he played Barney Stinson, a charming womanizer with a legend, wait for it, DARI lifestyle .
His work for the CBS sitcom earned him four consecutive Emmy nominations (2007-2010).
David Michael Burtka is an American actor and professional chef. Although he is best known for his cooking, he has also had a number of movies and TV series to his credit.
His television debut was in 2002, where he guest-starred in an American serial political drama “The West Wing”.
Burtka is also a Broadway performer and his debut was in 2003 as Tulsa in the revival of the popular musical ‘Gypsy’. He also played The Boy in the US premiere of Edward Albee’s “The Play about the Baby,” for which he won the Clarence Derwent Award for Outstanding Male Performer.
He also starred in “How I Met Your Mother” with his friend, as Scooter, Lilly Aldrin’s former high school boyfriend.
Burtka published his first cookbook in April 2019 titled “Life is a Party,” a collection of recipes and tips for entertainment.
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How did Neil and David meet?
Neil and David got to know each other through a mutual friend Kate, and interestingly, Neil’s first impression was that David is actually Kate’s boyfriend.
Kate told Neil that David “didn’t play for her team, but he has a boyfriend”. Fortunately for Neil, David had a difficult long-distance relationship.
They were first seen together at an “American Idol” viewing party, where fans could see the first sparks of love from the two.
Not long after, Burtka and his boyfriend broke up and he asked Neil to go on a date with him.
From then on, they started hanging out with each other 24/7 and talking on the phone non-stop when they were not together.
In 2010, the couple announced that they were expecting twins through a surrogate mother. Their daughter Harper and their son Gideon were born on October 12, 2010.
In 2011, Neil and David announced that they were engaged. They later stated that they had proposed to each other five years before the public announcement, but were waiting for same-sex marriage to become legal.
In 2014, Neil announced that they were getting married over the weekend in Italy. Pamela Fryman, a longtime friend and director of “How I Met Your Mother,” presided over the wedding with the legendary Elton John performing at the ceremony.