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Matt Bomer (left) with husband Simon Halls.
Congratulations to actor Matt Bomer and his husband Hollywood publicist Simon Halls on their 2011 marriage. Although Bomer and Halls, who are rearing three children, have previously been referred to as partners and even husbands, the fact that they are married was not confirmed publicly until Bomer mentioned that he and Halls secretly wed in 2011 in a recent interview with Details' John Balsom.
Bomer is best known for his portrayal of Neal Caffrey on USA's critically acclaimed drama White Collar, which debuted in 2009 and is currently filming its final season. Halls is a publicist at Slate PR, who represents such well-known clients as Ang Lee, Tom Ford, Jude Law, and Annette Bening.
Bomer came out publicly in February 2012, when he accepted an award for his activism in the fight against HIV/AIDS. While accepting the Steve Chase Foundation's New Generation Arts and Activism Award in Palm Springs, he said, "I'd really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment."
The couple received GLSEN's Inspiration Award later in 2012. The award recognized them for their commitment to family and equal rights. They live in Los Angeles with their three sons, Kit, Walker, and Henry.
Bomer, who began his career in soap operas, has also performed in Dustin Lance Black's dramatic account of the Proposition 8 trial, 8, as well as in the 2012 film Magic Mike. He will appear with Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo in the HBO film based on Larry Kramer's AIDS play, The Normal Heart, which debuts on May 25.
In the interview with Balsom, Bomer speaks of how he approached his role as Felix Turner in The Normal Heart and of his gratitude for the activism of Larry Kramer.
In preparing for his role, Bomer had to lose 40 pounds and stretch himself as a dramatic actor. "It's rare that you get to play a great role that has an arc," he told Balsom. "It's rare that you get to be a part of something that, hopefully, has some significance socially or historically. And then to have a role that changes you? I think that's the best you could hope for in this profession, and that was certainly the case here. I don't think I'll ever be the same as I was when I started the job."
Of Kramer, Bomer says "On some level, [he] probably saved my life. He happened to be on set the day DOMA was overturned. In many ways, he's responsible for DOMA being overturned in the first place. He's an Abraham Lincoln figure--he has affected the cultural landscape of this country, and not always popularly."
In 2012, BuzzFeed assembled a gallery of photos of Halls and Bomer with their children. It can be accessed here.
In the clip below, Bomer portrays Jeff Zarillo, one the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, in Dustin Lance Black's 8.
Below is a trailer for HBO's The Normal Heart.
Below is a video taken "behind the scenes" of the Details cover shoot.