Neil Patrick Harris: I'm Looking Forward To Calling David Burtka 'My Husband'

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka attend the 2011 Outfest Opening Night Gala of "Gun Hill Road" at the Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, on July 7, 2011 Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka attend the 2011 Outfest Opening Night Gala of "Gun Hill Road" at the Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, on July 7, 2011

Neil Patrick Harris is looking forward to the day when he and fiance David Burtka are no longer referred to as “partners.”

“I’m not the biggest fan of the word ‘partner’: It either means that we run a business together or we’re cowboys,” Harris told Out magazine’s Love Issue, in excerpts released on Wednesday to Access Hollywood. “‘Boyfriend’ seems fleeting, like maybe we met two weeks ago.”

The “How I Met Your Mother” star and David have been together for years, and in 2010 became parents to Harper Grace and Gideon Scott, twins, who were born via surrogate.

With all they share in life, NPH hinted that they are getting close to changing their legal definitions for each other.

“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,’” he told the mag.

Neil admitted to the mag that he was the one who fell first for the fellow actor, who is now a correspondent for E!.

“I initially fell for David harder than he fell for me. I was in love with him before he was comfortable saying it, and I think that speaks to our past experiences. I remember saying, ‘I think I love you,’ and he was like, ‘That’s really nice,’ which is not necessarily what you want to hear,” Neil recounted. “But I appreciated his honesty in not jumping the gun and saying something because he felt obliged to.”

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