Bill Davila/Startraks
March 06, 2008 11:00 AM

Six months into Drew Barrymore and Justin Long’s relationship, “They are absolutely madly in love,” a friend tells PEOPLE in its latest cover story.

But “their love isn’t just a show,” the couple’s pal emphasizes. “Even when people aren’t watching, they are exactly the same. They don’t hold anything back, physically or emotionally. They’ve just thrown it all out there.”

So solid are things that the former wild child, 33, and the 29-year-old, Vassar-educated actor best known for his commercials for Apple computers, have already had serious talks about their future.

“They have talked about having kids, growing old, retiring,” says the couple’s friend. “Drew loves everything about him, and Justin really admires her. They’re both in this for the long run.”

For more on the pair, including her visit to his family and their own private escape to Mexico, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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