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Neil Patrick Harris opens up in the September issue of Out magazine about his relationship, monogamy and his crush on Anderson Cooper.
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updated 8/5/2008 5:47:35 PM ET 2008-08-05T21:47:35

Neil Patrick Harris has opened up to Out magazine, giving the publication a candid interview about his relationship, monogamy and why his CNN crush — Anderson Cooper — is so “dreamy.”

In the new interview, Harris said he and his longtime boyfriend, fellow actor David Burtka, wear bands around their fingers, despite the fact that they are not married.

“We both wear rings, and I’m giddy when I see all the pictures of people so happy standing there, confirming the love they wish they could have expressed for a long time,” he told Out’s September issue.

“I’m a big proponent of monogamous relationships regardless of sexuality, and I’m proud of how the nation is steering toward that,” he added.

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As for Harris’ own committed relationship, he hopes to one day walk down the aisle, just don’t expect to know about it beforehand.

“I think if and when we do (get married), we’d probably announce it after the fact as opposed to making any big announcement,” Harris told the mag.

One big announcement the “How I Met Your Mother” star had no control over was being outed in the press in 2006.

“I’m just glad it wasn’t based on scandal. I didn’t want there to be some ‘we got footage’ story where I have to make some sort of statement about some event that happened,” Harris said. “I’m not that scandalous… I don’t have a lot of random sex… I’ve never done cocaine. I’m not a crazy partier. I don’t stay up and rent private jets and go on yachts and whoop it up in Miami.”

Besides, Harris is firmly committed to Burtka.

“I found a guy that I’m head over heels for and we have similar interests and we spend our time together,” he noted.

Though in a relationship, Harris admitted he has a celebrity crush on CNN newscaster Anderson Cooper.

“Mmmmmmmm. Anderson. He’s dreamy. Just dreamy,” Harris told the mag. “I’ve been a fan of his since season 1 of ‘The Mole.’ I just thought he was so cool when he talked in this cool, low, secret-agent voice.”

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