Actors Neil Patrick Harris and his “better half” David Burtka are featured on the cover and in the pages of the new Love issue of Out magazine. Neil and David were each interviewed individually for their coverstory feature and they each share their love story together with the world. In addition to the couple’s very sweet, very touching, very real story, Neil and David are featured in a photospread that showcases their love for one another … and it is a very beautiful thing to behold. Click below to read some excerpts from their Out magazine coverstory interviews and check out some beautiful photos from the accompanying photospread.
Images of bliss – and a backstory that’s a bit more complicated. That’s what Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka offer in Out magazine’s annual Love Issue, posing for some intimate photos while ruminating on the ups and downs of their relationship. “There’s something kinetic about him and his being. He’s classically sexy, yet he’s very much a boy in his energy. It’s a great dynamic,” Harris, 38, writes of Burtka, 36, in the piece, which includes a photo of the couple lounging in bed. He adds: “When I see people who are equally attractive, they tend to seem quiet and kind of Marlboro Man-y, and David’s the antithesis of that. He’s more like Tigger. I’m, in turn, very introspective – the thinker, rather than the doer. … We’re hyper similar and also incredibly opposite.” Of Harris, Burtka writes, “Without him, I can’t breathe. The biggest thing is that he makes me laugh, but he’s also smart. He can do everything. I’m not kidding; I think he’s half robot. He makes me a little more grounded, and I bring out the wild side in him.” Not that it’s perfect all the time. Harris talks about the work needed to maintain a relationship, writing: “Sometimes I’m deeply in love with David and head-over-heels, and sometimes I question whether it’s going to work out and is meant to be.” And Burtka adds: “It’s more good times than bad, but it’s not always good.” Still, Harris looks forward to the day when he and Burtka – who have 15-month-old twins – tie the knot. “I’m not the biggest fan of the word ‘partner’: It either means that we run a business together or we’re cowboys,” he writes. ” ‘Boyfriend’ seems fleeting, like maybe we met two weeks ago. I’ve been saying ‘better half’ for as long as I’ve been able to. I think it’s a little self-deprecating and clearly defines that we’re in a relationship, but it would be nice to say ‘my husband.’ “
People, I implore you to read Neil and David‘s interviews in full HERE at Out magazine’s website. These men share very poignant, very honest details about their relationship that will likely resonate with so many people … whether they are in a relationship or not. I think what is most important, and is surely an intent by Out magazine, is that stories of love like this give hope to those who feel hopeless. I remember a time when I honestly believed I would live my life alone. I never thought that I would find the person to share my life with because I felt alone and isolated as a gay man living in the somewhat conservative Midwest part of the US. No relationship is perfect and no relationship is easy … and that is one of the points made by Neil and David‘s story. It’s a very beautiful thing to see two people so deeply in love with one another. I hope that this Love issue of Out magazine is able to reach the people that need it most. I would’ve loved to have had access to a magazine feature like this back when I felt alone because it would’ve given me hope. I’m lucky that I did end up finding the love of my life when I met my David … and I’m happy to share our love with the world. This magazine feature is one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.