Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Get Up Close and Personal in OUT’s ‘Love Issue’ (PHOTO)

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Neil Patrick Harris and boyfriend – or, as he prefers to call him, “better half” – David Burtka recently opened up about their longstanding relationship in OUT’s ‘Love Issue,’ in which the couple explained why they love each other and why they hope to one day get married.

In the touching cover story, Harris described Burtka as “classically sexy, yet he’s very much a boy in his energy. It’s a great dynamic.”

“When I see people who are equally attractive,” he added, “they tend to seem quiet and kind of Marlboro Man-y, and David’s the antithesis of that. He’s more like Tigger. I’m, in turn, very introspective–the thinker, rather than the doer. I tend to weigh options before making decisions, and David is the polar opposite of that. We’re hyper similar and also incredibly opposite.”

Burtka, meanwhile, wrote he “can’t breathe” without Harris. Still, he doesn’t want people to think that they are the perfect couple.

“Nothing’s perfect,” he wrote. “A relationship is work and it changes. It’s more good times than bad, but it’s not always good. We have a great recipe for a wonderful relationship, but we don’t want to be the poster boys for gay relationships. We’re not trying to pretend that we are perfect. We’re just trying–in a good, positive, loving way–to life our lives.”

And with gay marriage now legal in New York State, will the couple ever tie the knot? The thought is definitely on Harris’ mind.

“I’m not the biggest fan of the word ‘partner,” he wrote. “It either means that we run a business together or we’re cowboys. ‘Boyfriend’ seems fleeting, like maybe we met two weeks ago. 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.'” Aw!

To read the full article, head over to OUT’s website.