Neil Patrick Harris Reveals the Secret to His Happy Marriage to David Burtka: 'Perseverance'

The couple celebrated their 15th anniversary earlier this month

Marriage isn’t always easy, but Neil Patrick Harris says there’s a way to get through the tough times.

“I think the secret to a relationship is just perseverance, you know?” the How I Met Your Mother star told Entertainment Tonight while attending WE Day California on Thursday. “It’s not always pretty … but he’s [David Burtka] pretty, so it makes it easy.”

Harris, 45, and his husband, American actor and professional chef David Burtka, 43, celebrated their 15th anniversary earlier this month.

“My first date with David was 15 years ago today, and we’ve been nearly inseparable ever since,” Harris wrote in a post on Instagram, celebrating the milestone. “I’m so, so grateful to this gorgeous man for giving me his heart, his shoulder, his strength, his lust, his laughter, his joy. He’s an actor, chef, author, singer, producer, and the most wonderful, selfless parent I’ve ever seen. A sextuple threat, if you will. And I most certainly will. Happy 15th Anniversary, @dbelicious. You keep making all my dreams come true.”

David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris
David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris. Patrick McMullan via Getty

And according to a similar celebratory post from Burtka, the pair met in passing on the street, setting in motion their life together.

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“15 years ago Neil Patrick Harris and I met on the street,” Burtka revealed. “From that day he has made my world a better place. Thank you @nph for the best years of my life. I can’t believe how fast 15 years have gone. Happy Anniversary! I can’t wait to keep on laughing, playing and loving for years to come. #15yearchallenge #lifeisaparty.”

They got married in September 2014, in Italy, and welcomed their now 8½-year-old fraternal twins — Harper Grace and Gideon Scott — via surrogate in October 2011.

Last weekend, the family of four celebrated Easter together, donning colorful pastels for a sweet photo that Harris shared on Instagram.

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