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David Burtka on Raising 13-Year-Old Twins With Neil Patrick Harris

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David Burtka Says His Kids Are At The Most Trying Time of Their Childhood
Andrew Werner
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David Burtka candidly opened up about elevating his twins with husband Neil Patrick Harris — and educating them find out how to keep grounded amid a life within the highlight.

“It’s been their complete life. They know concerning the paparazzi and so they know that they need to be good,” Burtka, 48, completely informed Us Weekly on the GLSEN Respect Awards at Gotham Corridor in New York Metropolis. “My son went by a interval the place he form of gritted his tooth for pictures and we mentioned, ‘No, you must be good.’ However, , it’s powerful.”

Burtka acknowledged it’s troublesome for his and Harris’ 13-year-old twins, son Gideon and daughter Harper, to know they could possibly be being watched always.

“I feel there’s one other added stress to really feel such as you’re at all times having to be on otherwise you by no means know if somebody’s going to leap out of the bushes and would possibly take a photograph of you,” he mentioned. “I feel … my children having Neil as a dad is a bit more of a stress. I really feel for them that means.”

Whereas a life within the public eye might have its downsides, Burtka acknowledged the perks related to it, too. “Don’t get me mistaken, it’s an amazing life and we find it irresistible,” he mentioned. “However, , there’s good and unhealthy to every thing.”

On high of balancing their life within the highlight, Gideon and Harper are additionally attempting to keep up a way of normalcy as middle-schoolers — which Burtka famous isn’t a simple age.

“Do you keep in mind sixth, seventh, eighth grade? It’s the hardest time and I can’t think about what it’s like now to develop up as a 13-year-old with what’s happening abroad and world warming and every thing on the earth,” Burtka mentioned. “They don’t have social media, thank God. We received’t allow them to on social media till they’re 16.”

Burtka informed Us that “there’s a number of feelings” whereas his twins navigate “high-pressure New York faculties.”

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“Nobody informed us when you will have twins, you do double of it,” he mentioned. “The feeding and the diapering and all that, however two 13-year-olds on the similar time is probably the most attempting time of their childhood. And Neil is in Belfast proper now taking pictures a film, so I’ve been on single mum or dad obligation.”

Whereas elevating their children, Burtka and Harris, 50, know they at all times have one pal they’ll lean on: Elton John. (The musician and husband David Furnish welcomed sons Zachary and Elijah in 2010 and 2013, respectively.)

“We’re going to be seeing them this summer season in Good,” Burtka revealed. “It was bizarre for the primary couple of years to be sitting and having breakfast with Elton John at his villa in Good, however now it’s simply Uncle Elton.”

For Burtka, supporting the GLSEN Respect Awards was a no brainer. “I imply, the GLSEN training is unimaginable for youths who’re fighting id,” he informed Us.

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Proceeds from the occasion — which honored Marcia Homosexual Harden with the Advocate Award — assist help applications resembling The Rainbow Library, which makes banned LGBTQ+ affirming books accessible to college students.

“All of us want help. I imply, we are able to’t do it alone,” Burtka mentioned. “It’s all about service and caring for one another and that’s what we’ve got to do right this moment, and we’ve got to lift cash to ensure that these children really feel snug.”

With reporting by Andrew Nodell

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