How I Met Your Mother Cast's Real-Life Partners

Bettina Dizon
Mar 11, 2021
04:49 A.M.

"How I Met Your Mother" entertained fans for 9 years before Ted's story finished, but what about the life of Josh Radnor and the other cast members of the beloved comedy?


The stories of Ted and the rest of the characters on "How I Met Your Mother" may have ended, but the cast continue telling theirs. Let's have a look at their personal lives.

Jason Segel as Marshall Eriksen

Jason Segel's character, Marshall, was very lucky, as he met the love of his life, Lily, back in college. However, the actor, Jason Segel, is 38 already, and yet, still unmarried.

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Segel is known for being notoriously private when it comes to his romantic life. Though, from time to time, paparazzi have had a chance to catch him around some Hollywood beauties.

Jason has been dating the Freak and Geeks costar Linda Cardellini for 6 years. But this relationship didn't lead to wedding vows just yet.

After separating from Linda, the actor broke bad and got into relationships with such famous actresses as Chloe Sevigny, Michelle Trachtenberg, Lindsey Lohan, and Bojana Novakovic.

Big city, tiny food. pic.twitter.com/Tx72VaADKI

— Jason Segel (@jasonsegel) October 28, 2018

However, it seems that a few years ago, the actor finally found what he'd been looking for in the photographer Alexis Mixter. It was only a year after they started dating that he showed up with her in public.


Alyson Hannigan as Lily Aldrin

Alyson and Alexis Denisof first saw each other on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which Alexis joined in season 3 to play the part of Wesley Wyndham-Pryce.

Their relationship had an unexpected start, as she asked him out when they first met. But she was turned down because of Alex’s rule of not dating co-workers.

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When the filming of the show was over, Alyson Hannigan was already dating another guy. However, Alexis Denisof became quite persistent and offered the actress to stay just friends, and she agreed.

They were so close that other people thought that they were an actual couple! They eventually became an item with reservations about what it would do to their friendship; however, everything seems to have worked out quite well.

This feels like just yesterday... pic.twitter.com/FtZC7p9HqW

— alyson hannigan (@alydenisof) October 7, 2019

They got married in 2003 and had two of their daughters a few years after. With her first pregnancy, Alyson's pregnancy was carefully concealed. The second time around, her character Lily was also expecting.


Cobie Smulders as Robin Scherbatsky

The 25-year-old actress was diagnosed with ovarian cancer while filming season 3 of "How I Met Your Mother." Smulders had to go through several medical procedures in the course of two years.

Statistically, women are often diagnosed with infertility after having these issues. But Smulders, who married Taran Killam in September 2012, was the lucky one – she gave birth to two daughters.

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Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson

Barney Stinson will long have the title of the main TV womanizer of the 21st century. He could find a way to any girl’s heart, and even Robin surrendered to his charm. What a disappointment it was for his female fans when in 2009 Neil came out and said:

"I am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love!"

Before meeting his husband - David Burtka, actor and professional chef, Harris was sure he would go solo for the rest of his life.


A friend introduced Neil to this “brooding, James Dean–type guy in a leather jacket” and initially thought he was straight. He said that he quickly realized he was gay and became immediately infatuated.

The two had their first date a week after David broke up with his boyfriend. They have been inseparable since then, and they still discover new sides to each other every day.

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Although Harris was the first to admit he was interested in a relationship, Burtka was the first to propose to Harris. Harris and Burtka got married in Italy in 2014.

They already had four-year-old twins and 10 years together, making this celebration more special than ever. The talk-show host, Kelly Ripa, recounted the wedding on her show, saying it was "quiet" and "private."

The marriage took place inside a castle, with Elton John serenading them and their guests. In the ceremony, their twins were also included, Harper as the flower girl and Gideon as the "orange boy."

Yes, orange boy. Gideon didn’t want to be the ring bearer and would only take part if he could walk down the aisle and hand oranges out to their guests, so that's exactly what they had him do.


Cristin Milioti as Tracy McConnell

Cristin Milioti only made appearances in 28 episodes, but she definitely is an integral part of the show in the build-up to the finale.

During her participation in the show, Tracy McConnell had won the hearts of Ted and his friends and enchanted millions of fans. In the real world, the actress met her Ted over 10 years ago.

She is seeing a furniture designer Jesse Hooker. He owns and designs for the company Hooker & Co in Brooklyn.

Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby

Even though Ted had finally found the love of his life, Randor's romantic life in the real world isn't that successful and keeps his private life low key.

Radnor was attracted to a fellow actress, Lindsay Price, after he first met her in 2017 when she made an appearance on "How I Met Your Mother."


They didn't start dating until 18 months later, when they had dinner in New York. However, the relationship only lasted for a year, and the couple broke up in November 2009.

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Then in 2012, Josh started dating Julia Jones, the actress famous for her part as Leah Clearwater in the "Twilight" saga. His next girlfriend was the "Charlie's Angels" star Minka Kelly, but they also split up.

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