Although Jim Parsons’ character on The Big Bang Theory may be clueless when it comes to love, in real life the actor has it all figured out.
He is dating Todd Spiewak, who can be found by his side on the red carpet, beaming as a suportive partner.
Here is what you need to know about the man behind Sheldon Cooper.
1. He’s Been Dating Parsons for Over 10 Years
In fact, The National Enquirer recently reported they were engaged, a rumor that Parsons was quick to dismiss.
In mid August, the paper started the gossip, saying that a friend told them, “Todd has wanted to get married for a long time now, and he told Jim he felt like they were just treading water in their relationship. Jim has kept telling him he wanted to make sure he was settled and secure before he took on such a major change, but Todd shot back, “You’re going to be making more than $20 million a year now, how set do you need to be?”
Parsons went on Instagram to dispel the rumor, captioning the photo above with, “Me and Todd in 2003. Still very happy today… And NOT engaged! #justFYI #NationalEnquirerMakesS—tUp #duh.”
2. He’s an Art Director
Todd Spiewak graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from Boston University in 1999.
His clients include American Express, Barnes & Noble, HP, KitchenAid and The New York Times.
3. His 1st Public Appearance With Jim Was in 2013
The couple was given an Inspiration Award at the 9th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards at L.A.’s Beverly Hills Hotel in October of 2013.
Spiewak, who got to speak at the end, said, “Well, as always, Jim didn’t leave much for me to say.”
In the clip above, Spiewak was sure to thank his parents, saying “To my most supportive parents for making the trip out from Philadelphia to be here tonight.”
In his acceptance speech, Parsons talked about their relationship:
I’ve never considered myself an activist. I’ve never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism. Rather simply, it’s an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]—a regular life, boring love.
He continued, “Now all this said, no one is giving us an award for activism. I realize this. If we are indeed inspiration to others by simply being who we are and living our lives in the way that feels right to us then we have to thank the same people who help any other couple who continue a successful relationship—our friends and family. We are both surrounded by so many people who make our lives better and easier, friends we’ve had for many years and friends we’ve made since living in L.A.”
At the event, Parsons told Us Weekly that they are quite normal, saying, “It was surprising to hear that we were getting an inspiration award. We feel very average, we feel very normal. We really do. The strange stuff is the Hollywood stuff we have to walk through, not the gay stuff we have to walk through.”
4. He Started a Production Company With Jim
That’s Wonderful Productions, LLC. is a joint collaboration between Spiewak and Parsons.
The couple is producing a new series, which, according to Deadline, “will follow exceptionally gifted and precocious young people as they navigate lives where their outsized talents and abilities offer them limitless opportunities but sometimes at the expense of “just being a kid.
5. He’s Jim’s Favorite Person on Earth
At the 2013 Emmy Awards, Parsons was sure to give a shout-out to his beloved.
He gushed, at the 2:56 mark, “And, oh,, my favorite person on earth, Todd Spiewak.”