Story of Neil Patrick Harris’s family, husband and kids

Who is Neil Patrick Harris?

Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, writer, producer, TV host, and singer. A five-time Emmy Awards winner, Neil Patrick Harris is known for his roles in movies like “Starship Troopers” (1997), “The Smurfs (2011), “Gone Girl” (2014). He also starred in the American popular TV series “How I Met Your Mother” (2005-2014).

Neil Patrick Harris was born on June 15, 1973, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born to Ronald Gene Harris (father) and Sheila Gail (mother). Neil grew up in Ruidoso alongside his brother Brian Harris. He is 50 years old as of 2023. He attended La Cueva High School, a public high school located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

About Neil Patrick Harris’ parents

Neil Patrick Harris is the child of Ronald Gene Harris (father) and Sheila Gail (mother). His father and mother were reportedly born in 1946, sharing the same birth year. According to reports, his parents were both lawyers and they once ran a restaurant called “Perennials Restaurant”.

Neil Patrick Harris shares little about his immediate family, therefore there is no detailed information about his parents in the media at this time.

About Neil Patrick Harris’ siblings

Neil Patrick Harris has only one publicly known sibling – a brother named Brian Harris. Brian was born in 1970 and he is three years older than his actor brother. Not much is known about Brian’s private life as he only gained media attention in 2019 when Neil Patrick Harris surprised him with a home renovation.

About Neil Patrick Harris’ sexuality

Neil Patrick Harris came out as gay in November 2006 after rumour about him dating fellow actor, David Burtka spread round the media. The actor has made it known that he is living his life to the fullest and he is very contented being a gay man.

He said:

“I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions am am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love”.

About Neil Patrick Harris’ relationships and marriage

As of the time of publishing this article, Neil Patrick Harris is happily married to his gay partner and long-time boyfriend, David Burtka. The two became an item in 2004, after initially starting as friends. They originally kept their relationship private and only went public after three years in 2007.

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka secretly got engaged in 2008 with Neil announcing the engagement in 2011 after the passage of the “Marriage Equality Act”. They walked down the aisle three years after the announcement of their engagement in 2014. Their union is blessed with a set of twins.

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka.

List of Neil Patrick Harris’ past relationships and girlfriends

Neil Patrick Harris had an affair with about three women before he came out as gay in 2006. He also reportedly dated a gay man identified as Max Von Essen before he settled down with David Burtka.

Below is a list of Neil Patrick Harris’ past relationships and lovers:

  1. Neil Patrick Harris dated Robyn Lively from 1992 to 1993.
  2. Neil Patrick Harris had a relationship with Christine Taylor from 1997 to 1998.
  3. Neil Patrick Harris reportedly had a fling with Carla Bianco in 2000.
  4. Neil Patrick Harris was said to have dated a man named Max Von Essen. The period of their relationship is unknown.
  5. Neil Patrick has been in a relationship with David Burtka since 2004. They got married in 2014.

About Neil Patrick Harris’ relationship with Christine Taylor

Christine Taylor is an American actress. She is popularly known for playing the role of “Marcia Brady” in the 1995 movie “The Brady Bunch”. She was born on July 30, 1971, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Joan Taylor (mother) and Albert “Skip” Taylor III (father). She is 51 years old as of June 2023. Christine Taylor has starred in movies like “Campfire Tales” (1997), “Zoolander” (2001), “Little Boxes” (2016), and “Friendsgiving” (2020), amongst others.

According to reports, Neil Patrick Harris and Christine Taylor had an affair in 1997. She also accompanied him to the premiere of his 1997 film “Starship Troopers”. Though not much information is known about their relationship, Neil made it known on “The Howard Stern Show” in 2008 that Christine helped him realize his true sexuality, referring to her as “the coolest, nicest chick ever”.

He said:

“She’s the coolest, nicest chick ever. She’s an absolute catch, and I thought, if I’m not going to feel the super sparks with her, it probably means I’m gay”.

About Neil Patrick Harris’ relationship with David Burtka

David Burtka is an American actor and chef. He is known for starring in TV shows like “How I Met Your Mother” (2006), and “The West Wing” (2002). His full name is David Michael Burtka. He was born on May 29, 1975, in Dearborn, Michigan. He was born to Deborah A. Zajac (mother) and Daniel Burtka (father). He is 48 years old as of 2023. His mother died of cancer in May 2008.

David Burtka previously dated American filmmaker Lane Janger before he became an item with Neil. He also raised Lane’s surrogate children, Javin and Flynn like they were his.

According to Neil, David had to quit his acting job to become a full-time chef. He published a cookbook in 2019 titled “Life Is A Party”. He also started a Los Angeles-based catering company with Molly Hanisee called “Gourmet M.D” in 2010.

According to Neil during an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, he and David Burtka officially started dating in 2004. The lovebirds originally started out as friends after meeting at a street corner. They kept their relationship away from the public up until September 2007 when they attended the Emmy Awards together. According to reports gathered by DNB Stories Africa, the lovebirds secretly got engaged in 2008, but Burtka only announced it via his Twitter account in 2011 after the passage of the Marriage Equality Act.

The couple appeared on stage together in February 2009 to sing a duet from the musical drama film “Rent” at a benefit for the LGBTQ community centre in New York. On September 8, 2014, Neil took to his Twitter page to announce that he and David Burtka had walked down the aisle over the weekend on September 6, 2014, in Italy. Grammy-Award-winning singer and songwriter, Elton John performed at the wedding, while the director of the “How I Met Your Mother” series, Pamela Fryman, officiated the ceremony. Their union is blessed with a twin they had through a surrogate mother in 2010.

Neil Patrick Harris’s kids.

Neil Patrick Harris’ kids

Neil Patrick Harris has a twin, a boy and a girl, with his lover, David Burtka. The children are named Gideon Scott Burtka-Harris and Harper Grace Burtka-Harris respectively. The children were born via surrogacy on October 12, 2010. They are 12 years old as of June 2023.

Harris and Burtka told People Magazine in 2011 that they were each the biological father of one of their twins, explaining how they got an egg donor and the surrogate mother.

Harris said:

“We found an egg donor anonymously through a hilarious process of looking at people’s profiles and then an amazing surrogate who had once helped a same-sex couple before. And then we inserted two eggs, one with my sperm, one with David’s sperm. We don’t know whose is whose”.

The twins.

However, Burtka made it known later on the “Wendy Williams Show” that he thinks Harper Grace might be his, while Gideon Scott might belong to Harris. According to him, Harper Grace is the “Hey everybody, I’m here” type, while Gideon Scott is a little more mindful and analytical.

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