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Welcome Out, Neil Patrick Harris

Jim Burroway

November 3rd, 2006

David Burtka and Neil Patrick HarrisA few days ago, the internet was buzzing with rumors that Neil Patrick Harris, former Dougie Houser, M.D. star and currently of the TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother, had helped his “longtime sweetheart” David Burtka land a part on the show. This prompted Harris’ publicist to issue a statement claiming, “He’s not of that pursuasion.”

It appears the publicist spoke too soon. Harris now tells People Magazine that the denial never should have been issued:

The public eye has always been kind to me, and until recently I have been able to live a pretty normal life. Now it seems there is speculation and interest in my private life and relationships.

So, rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and 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.

No word yet on whether David Burtke really is his “longtime sweetheart” or not. But if he is, all I can say is you go!

In any case, welcome out, Neil Patrick Harris.

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