Neil Patrick Harris Gushes About Fiance David Burtka at 2014 Drama Desk Awards

Celebrity News Jun. 3, 2014 AT 7:10PM
Neil Patrick Harris& David Burtka at 2014 Tony Honors Cocktail Party Neil Patrick Harris gave a touching tribute to his fiance David Burtka during his acceptance speech at the 2014 Drama Desk Awards Credit: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

NPH is a keeper! Neil Patrick Harris took home the award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his work in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the 2014 Drama Desk Awards in NYC on Sunday, June 1. However, instead of making the moment about his accomplishment, the star gave a touching tribute to his fiance David Burtka. (He also shared the award with Jefferson Mays for his work in A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder.)

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"I'd like to thank David Burtka, my fiance. We've been together for over ten years and when we first met I was doing a show, Cabaret, and he was [the character] Tulsa in Gypsy," the 40-year-old said during his acceptance speech. "We were both doing shows at the same time and my path has led us mostly to Los Angeles and it has sort of uprooted him from what he had been doing."

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"So, thank you so much for your love and for your patience and your sacrifice in all that you do," he said to Burtka, with whom he shares 3-year-old twins Harper and Gideon. "And I can't wait for the opportunity soon when these roles get to be reversed and I get to cheer you on up here doing what you do so well."

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Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, and friends at Beauty & Essex
Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, and friends at Beauty & Essex
Credit: Courtesy of Neil Patrick Harris

The pair kept the celebrations going upstairs at Beauty & Essex with ten close friends the following night to help ring in Burtka's 39th birthday from May 29. The group sipped Rose and Sauvignon Blanc and noshed on lobster tacos, grilled cheese, and tomato soup dumplings, an onlooker told Us. Before heading out, they sang "Happy Birthday" to Burtka with a box of doughnuts and passion fruit cream. 

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"How fun is @BeautyAndEssex? Pawn shop turned speakeasy deliciousness. Thanks! This motley crew had a blast!" Harris wrote via Instagram, along with a snapshot of the gang and Burtka on his lap. (Hours earlier, they attended the Tony Honors Cocktail Party at the Paramount Hotel.)

The How I Met Your Mother alum has had an incredible couple of months—besides just bidding farewell to his character Barney Stinson and starring on Broadway. He posed completely naked for Rolling Stone's May 22 issue, revealed last month he was considered to replace David Letterman's Late Show, and the family of four just made NYC their permanent residence.

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