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Neil Patrick Harris posts beautiful message to husband David Burtka


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Actor Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka marked 18 years since their first date over the weekend.

Both of them took to Instagram to post messages.

Harris posted a photo of him hugging his husband during a trip to Ecuador, saying, “Our first date was 18 years ago today. And David Burtka, I am not about to let you go. Happy anniversary. Thank you for showing me the capacity of my heart. I love you so much. ❤️@dbelicious ❤️”

This prompted an “Awwwww” response from singer Adam Lambert and praise from other followers.

“y’all were the first example of queer love that was visible to me growing up ❤️ congrats and cheers to many more years together!!!” said one.

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Actor and chef Burtka said on his posting, “Today 18 years ago we had our first date…. The date turned into a night, the night turned into a weekend and the weekend turned into 18 years!

“We always celebrate the first date- because for 7 years of our relationship it was against the law to get married….@nph I will love you over and over again year after year. I have so much love yet to give you. Relationships are tough, and work, thanks for working so hard and for putting up with me. Here’s to another 18!! #nph #180ingayyears”


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Harris, in response, said, “I love you. Thanks for being the best dad/friend/husband anyone could wish for…”

Harris and Burtka began dating in 2004. Harris publicly came out as gay in 2006, and the men were pictured together for the first time attending the Emmy Awards in 2007.

They became dads to twins Gideon and Harper, born via a surrogate, in October 2010. The family lives in New York City.

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