Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton: Inside the Hollywood Pair's Private Relationship

The Walking Dead star recently let it slip that the actress is pregnant with a baby girl

By McKenna Aiello Sep 26, 2017 12:31 AMTags

When it comes to undercover celebrity couples, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton's years-long relationship is almost unrivaled.

But perhaps that's why The Walking Dead star and One Tree Hill alum have defied the odds when it comes dating in Hollywood, as made evident by Hilarie's recent pregnancy announcement! The lovebirds, who secretly welcomed son Gus in 2010, have a little girl on the way and they couldn't be more overjoyed. 

Jeffrey is so excited, in fact, that he accidentally spilled the beans during an appearance at a Supernatural convention over the weekend. The actor then confessed on Instagram, writing, "After all these years [Hilarie's] come to expect me to be a dope... thank god she gets it, and loves me regardless."

Be still, our beating hearts!

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton: Romance Rewind

In honor of Jeffrey and Hilarie's addition to their soon-to-be family of four, we're looking back at their extremely private relationship over the years.

From their first blind date with Jensen and Danneel Ackles, heartwarming soundbites about childhood and their decision to open a candy store in upstate New York, there's much to learn (and admire!) from this inseparable duo. 

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 duo shocked Hollywood in 2010 when 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," Jeffrey 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, they 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

Jeffrey and Hilarie 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 Hilarie was cast on his 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."


At the 2016 premiere of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Hilarie planted 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 private pair stepped out at the 2017 Golden Globes oozing Hollywood glam. Discussing his villainous Walking Dead character with ET, she 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 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, he hinted that Hilarie was pregnant again. They ultimately confirmed that their family was growing, and Jeffrey let it slip that they're expecting a little girl!

Meet George!

In March 2018, Jeffrey 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," Hilarie 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."

Congratulations to the growing family!