Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Birthday Message to "Best Friend" Hilarie Burton Is Guaranteed to Warm Hearts

In celebration of Hilarie Burton's birthday on July 1, husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan penned a heartfelt tribute to the One Tree Hill alum. Read on for his message.

By Jess Cohen Jul 02, 2021 11:47 AMTags
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Grab your tissues and prepare to tear up over this love note.

To celebrate wife Hilarie Burton's birthday on Thursday, July 1, Jeffrey Dean Morgan penned a heartfelt message to his "best friend." Alongside a selfie of the couple, The Walking Dead star wrote on Instagram, "@hilarieburton is a lot of things… I've been sitting here trying to figure out what words to use to describe her awesomeness… there are too many. She… in a word? Perfect. The hottest. The smartest. Most thoughtful. Pretty damn funny."

Jeffrey, who shares kids Gus, 11, and George, 3, with the One Tree Hill alum, went on to tease that Hilarie is "easily the meanest according to our kids." However, as he noted, she's also "hands down, the best mom… according to our kids…and me."

"Talented as hell. Nobody kisses better… not that I'd know. But really… more than anything? She's my best friend," Jeffrey continued. "Every second of everyday she's many of the above things simultaneously, more. But ALWAYS, my best friend."

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton: Romance Rewind

The actor, who films The Walking Dead in Georgia, was unfortunately unable to be with Hilarie on her special day. "I should be. I should never miss her birthday. Ever," he wrote. "So… after this year, I won't. I love you mrs morgan. I'm wishing you the happiest of days…. When I get home. Happy birthday. I'm real glad you were born… and SO recently too! xoxohusband."

After reading the tribute from her husband, Hilarie couldn't help but gush over him in the comments. "Mrs Morgan is the best gift a girl could get," she wrote. "I love you. With every gray hair on my head. That's a lot. Blame the kids. Kiss you soon. Xoxoxo."

And if that didn't warm your heart, revisit the couple's love story below!

Honeymoon Stage

So how did Jeffrey and Hilarie first cross paths? It all started in 2009 thanks to the actor's Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles, who organized a blind double date for Jeffrey, Hilarie, himself and wife Danneel Ackles

"I [got lit]. We all did. We ended up back at my house drinking shots of tequila," Morgan recalled during a 2015 interview with the Huffington Post. Jeffrey and Hilarie would make their red carpet debut as a couple in 2010. 

Oh, Baby!

The lovebirds shocked Hollywood when in 2010 it was revealed that the One Tree Hill actress had given birth to a baby boy named Augustus. A source told E! News at the time, "She told friends about her pregnancy back in August [2009] after she had spent a lot of time with Jeffrey on location in New Mexico."

The Joys of Parenthood

At the 2011 premiere of Breaking Dawn: Part 1, the new parents gave a rare interview to E! News about their bundle of joy. "He just said 'no' for the first time, which is f--ked up," Morgan teased. "In one week it's just like, 'No, no, no!'"

"But everything is a first," he gushed. "It's been spectacular... a lot of not sleeping, and then our one adult night we come here. This is our date. Can you believe it?"

Husband and Wife?

Starting in 2014, the celebs began covertly referring to each other as "husband" and "wife." Despite reports of an undercover wedding, The Walking Dead star denied his leading lady had in fact walked down the aisle to become Mrs. Jeffrey Dean Morgan. 

A Simple Life

Morgan and Burton left the hustle and bustle of Hollywood for a more quaint lifestyle in the town of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, New York. There they live on working farm, and as Hilarie explained to Entertainment Weekly in 2014, she spends most days in a "Carhartt flannel and covered in paint and sawdust and muck boots." 

From Couple to Co-Stars

The stars aligned in 2015 when Burton was cast on Morgan's CBS series Extant. He told Zap2It of the coincidental co-starring, "When I took the job the deal was, ‘We'll get you home as much as possible,' and that just hasn't worked out. But Hilarie got a job on Extant, which was fantastic. You'll see her a couple of times throughout the season, so that's one way we've been able to keep the family sort of together."


Pictured here at the 2016 premiere of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Burton plants a sweet smooch on her handsome date for the evening. 

Sweet Tooth

A little-known fact about Jeffrey and Hilarie, they co-own a candy store with Paul Rudd and his wife! 

Samuel's Sweet Shop is located in their hometown, and as the actor told HuffPost, "A friend of ours, who owned it for 20-plus years passed away tragically... We own a candy store in upstate New York and we have great coffee and great chocolates."

Date Night Done Right

The oh-so private pair stepped out at the 2017 Golden Globes oozing Hollywood glam. Discussing his villainous Walking Dead character with ET, Burton shared, "It's made him good cop at home. He gets all his bad cop stuff out of the way at work and then he comes home and he's happy dad."

Birthday Boy

When Gus turned 7, his proud mama wrote on Instagram, "Gus is a Titanic freak, so went to Reagan Presidential Library for the Titanic exhibit. Such a great day. Birthday adventures with my boy!"

Baby No. 2

At the 2017 Emmy Awards, Morgan hardcore hinted that a second bun was in Hilarie's oven. They ultimately confirmed that their family was growing, and Morgan let it slip that they're expecting a little girl!

Meet George!

In March 2018, Morgan confirmed that their baby girl had arrived. "Hey y'all... baby gal morgan is spectacular," the actor tweeted. "We just respecting her wishes for laying low a bit longer. But we super appreciate all the well wishes n stuff. Thank you. Xojdhilgusandbabygal."

Just Married

"I just want to put it out there that WE GOT MARRIED! For real," Burton announced on Instagram in Oct. 2019. "We've lived as husband and wife for a decade. We've built a family, and a farm and found our community. For years, publications have reported that we got married in 2014 or 2015 and that I've been married and divorced before. All untrue. But WE knew our truth. So it felt silly to try and correct anything."