Neil Patrick Harris' husband David Burtka, 45, is recovering from a seven-hour spinal surgery after he had three disks fused together.The actor, 47
Neil Patrick Harris’ husband David Burtka, 45, is recovering from a seven-hour spinal surgery after he had three disks fused together.
The actor, 47, revealed the news on Instagram on Wednesday with a picture of his husband David post-surgery, sitting up in the bed giving a thumbs up.
He said that the triple fusion surgery had been planned for some time and was ‘fairly intensive’ but it all went ‘according to plan’.
Thumbs up: Neil Patrick Harris revealed on Wednesday that his husband David Burtka (pictured) is recovering from seven-hour spinal surgery in which he had three disks fused
The It’s A Sin star shared a picture of David from his hospital bed in New York wearing a neck brace, and wrote in the caption: ‘David is recovering from spinal surgery.
‘It was fairly intensive, took over seven hours, but he’s in good spirits and doing well. It’s one of the scarier, more hopeless feelings- hoping for the best, trying not to fear the worst, waiting a call with news.
‘Thankfully, all went according to plan. Whew..! Two thumbs up. I love you, @dbelicious. Your strength inspires me. And thanks to NY-Presbyterian Hospital for, well, everything.’
Recovery: The actor, 47, revealed the news on Instagram with a picture of his husband David post-surgery, sitting up in the bed giving a thumbs up
Actress Amy Sedaris responded to the news, writing: ‘OMG what the hell happened I will say a prayer and light a candle.’
Neil replied to her comment, writing: ‘Thanks… It was planned for a while. Three disks being d***s. #triplefusion’
Later in the day, Neil posted a hilarious video of David ‘going in and out of lucidness’ as he looked like he was very much enjoying his pain medication.
Hilarious: Later in the day, Neil posted a video of David ‘going in and out of lucidness’ as he looked like he was very much enjoying his pain medication
Pain relief: In the clip David, who appeared to be on morphine for pain relief, gestured towards his neck brace, saying: ‘Yo yo yo, I’m bringing… this is the new fashions for 2021’
The Gone Girl actor wrote: ‘A few hours after surgery. Not sure David will remember saying any of this… but damn, it makes me laugh. I appreciate his positive energy so so much.’
In the clip David, who appeared to be on morphine for pain relief, gestured towards his neck brace, saying: ‘Yo yo yo, I’m bringing… this is the new fashions for 2021. I’m going to bedazzle it when I get out of here.’
The couple have been married for over six years, tying the knot in Italy in September of 2014 and previously welcomed twins, Gideon and Harper, via surrogacy in October of 2010.
Handsome: Neil and David have been married for over six years after they tied the knot in Italy in September of 2014
In his latest role, Neil stars as Henry Coltrane in the Aids Crisis drama It’s A Sin and recently weighed in on the debate that gay actors should play gay characters.
The shows creator, Russell T. Davies, has been vocal about the topic saying in an interview with Radio Times: ‘You wouldn’t cast someone able-bodied and put them in a wheelchair; you wouldn’t black someone. Authenticity is leading us to joyous places.’
Neil however claimed he believes it’s better to focus on hiring the ‘best actor’ for a role than choose a person based on their sexuality.
Speaking to The Times’ Times2, he said: ‘I think there’s something sexy about casting a straight actor to play a gay role, if they’re willing to invest a lot into it.’
Neil said that he didn’t like to ‘jump on to labelling’ but felt it was important for a gay actor to be ‘a visible option’ for all types of roles.
It’s A Sin follows the lives of five 18-year-olds as they navigate life during the AIDS crisis in 1981, and sees Years&Years singer Olly Alexander take the lead role.
Family: The couple share 10-year-old twins, Gideon and Harper, who were born via surrogacy in October of 2010 (pictured in 2018)