Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Get Close in Out Magazine Photos
"There's something kinetic about him," Patrick Harris says of "better half" Burtka
Images of bliss – and a backstory that’s a bit more complicated.
“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.’ “