Friday, July 23

Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Relationship Timeline


Love at first sight! Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have enthralled fans with their sweet relationship, which quickly evolved after they met in May 2009.

The One Tree Hill alum hit it off with the Walking Dead actor instantly, thanks in part to her former costar Danneel Ackles’ interference. Morgan, for his part, had his Supernatural costar Jensen Ackles to thank for introducing the pair that spring.

The couple didn’t tie the knot until October 2019, but throughout their first 10 years together, they grew in their love, welcomed two children and began multiple businesses.

“From the moment I met @jeffreydeanmorgan, he was my husband. Rather than make vows right out of the gate, we lived them. For over ten years. The good times and the bad,” Burton wrote via Instagram after she and Morgan legally wed. “Standing up there with our children at our sides — celebrating all that has been — was bliss.”

The “Drama Queens” podcast cohost gushed over her man, adding, “I love you Jeffrey. I love our intimate group of friends and family who joined us. I love the various circles of loved ones who have supported us over the years. It was private and magical and everything I dreamed. So yeah. I’m Mrs. Morgan.”

Two years later, the pair reflected on their introduction to one another and how they’ve evolved as a couple since their blind date.

“The smokin hot @jeffreydeanmorgan showed up and it was game over,” Burton recalled via Instagram in May 2021. “Here’s to being crazy kids, living all over the country, giving birth to two doppelgängers, getting gray hair and still being totally inappropriate … together.”

The Good Wife alum, for his part, noted via social media that Jensen “knew he had the gal for me” — and that his friend was right. “Been with her ever since that night. In fact … two kids later … one 11 (do THAT math!) finally married … and never could of imagined this kind of happiness,” Morgan explained of his romance with Burton. “The adventures have been many … and planning new ones as I write this. Thank you Jensen and Danneel for taking a wild stab in the dark … and thank you @hilarieburton for goddamn everything.”

The Unholy actor added: “Happy Timmy Nolan day!! Props to Irish car bombs and not eating a perfectly good bun on a hamburger. Love the shit outta you Mrs. Morgan. Xxxx.”

Scroll down to relive Burton and Morgan’s relationship highs and lows:

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May 2009

The pair were introduced by their mutual friends Jensen and Danneel Ackles. “I happened to be single and Jensen said, ‘I’ve got a girl you should meet,’” Morgan recalled to HuffPost in 2015. “So, I went to a bar and I met Hilarie at a bar with Jensen and Danneel, and the rest is history. … We ended up back at my house drinking shots of tequila.”

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April 2010

The couple made their red carpet debut at the Los Angeles premiere of Morgan’s film The Losers.

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May 2010

Us Weekly reported at the time that the pair secretly welcomed their first child, son August, “a few months ago” after dating for less than one year. “[We’re] really happy, and we’re a very good team. And we got very lucky that our family is what it is,” Burton told The Associated Press in August 2010, keeping her son’s birthdate under wraps.

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2014

Morgan and the Lethal Weapon alum bought Samuel’s Sweets in Rhinebeck, New York, alongside pals Paul Rudd and his wife, Julie, Andy Ostroy, Phoebe Jonas and John Traver, who started working at the shop when he was 15.

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2015

Burton guest starred on Extant as Anna Schaefer for six episodes. Morgan, for his part, played JD Richter on the series.

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2018

The twosome bought Mischief Farm in upstate New York after living in the area for years. The 100-acre space is home to cattle, miniature donkeys, dogs, chickens, ducks and alpacas. “On our very first date, we asked one another, ‘What do you want for the future?’ We both answered, ‘To live and raise a family on a farm,’” Burton and Morgan wrote on their farm’s official website. “The joy we have found in this lifestyle of hard work and chores and mountains of manure is something we wish for everyone. If you’re visiting us here at the virtual farm, our hope is that you too will declare what you want for your own future and take the risks necessary to see it happen.”

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2018

“Hey y’all … baby gal Morgan is spectacular. We just respecting her wishes for laying low a bit longer,” Morgan wrote via Instagram in March 2018, confirming the arrival of their daughter, George. “But we super appreciate all the well wishes n stuff. Thank you.”

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May 2019

“To my one and only … @hilarieburton there are no words to express to you, both my love … and incredible luck in fooling you into diggin me,” the Watchmen actor wrote via Instagram on the couple’s milestone anniversary. “10 years ago we met and that was that. So … not only happy anniversary, but more importantly? Happy Mother’s Day. Not a day goes by that we other three don’t know just how lucky we are. All the love. Always. Forever. PS: You sure are the pretty one.”

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October 2019

“This past weekend was the best of my entire life. Jeff and I just want to put it out there that WE GOT MARRIED! For real,” the Surprised by Love actress wrote via Instagram, revealing that the couple were legally married. “We’ve lived as husband and wife for a decade. We’ve built a family, and a farm and found our community.” She described the wedding as “private and magical and everything I dreamed.”

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December 2019

“Ten years ago, I was pregnant, unemployed, unsure about where I was gonna live or give birth and despite the bravado I may have projected, I was scared,” Burton wrote via Instagram while reflecting on the past decade with Morgan. “My whole life I’d thought I would follow the same path as everyone I’d grown up around. Have a steady job. Get married. Buy a house. Have kids. But the path didn’t unfold that way at all.”

She explained that 2019 was “incredibly good to our family” and that the wedding she thought she wanted at age 26 was “made so much sweeter by waiting.” The actress gave her husband a shout-out, adding, “My love for @jeffreydeanmorgan has evolved into something so much deeper and golden. Our children participated and were at our sides for all of it. It was the celebration of an entire decade. As I see all the year in review posts today, my entire year – my entire decade really – can be summed up in that one day.”

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April 2020

The actors teamed up to host AMC’s Friday Night In With the Morgans amid the coronavirus pandemic. “My husband pitched the show without even telling me. I think he saw me trying to maintain a healthy household for two little kids while also watching the news at night and becoming completely overwhelmed,” Burton told Architectural Digest in May 2020. “We want this half hour to be a lighthearted but sensitive space where people can go after a long week. It’s also nice for us because it’s the one hour out of the week that we get to be together. It feels nice to keep our AMC crew working, and it’s also good because we’ve been profiling the efforts that people across the country are making, including small business owners, farmers, and doctors. This idea of supporting as many people as possible was an important element to me.”

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May 2020

The Summer Villa star paid tribute to her husband ahead of the release of her book, The Rural Diaries, explaining how his support shaped her, their family and her writing. “But the biggest thank you of all goes to my forever Valentine, @jeffreydeanmorgan! This farm has seen us through so many ups and downs,” she shared via Instagram. “Births and losses. Being your teammate makes all the unexpected turns manageable. You have given me a life worth writing about, and I love you. Plain and simple. I love you.”

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April 2021

Burton played Morgan’s onscreen wife, Lucille, on The Walking Dead before the AMC series ended for good. “Working with her on this? Probably the highlight of my career. I sure know how lucky I am,” the Grey’s Anatomy alum wrote via Instagram.

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