Jim Parsons Reveals Why He Waited So Long To Marry His Longtime Partner

The Big Bang Theory star married Todd Spiewak after nearly 15 years together.

Jim Parsons opened up about their wait get hitched during his Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. While same-sex marriage wasn't legal for much of their early relationship, Parsons admitted, "We just didn't care about the act of it that much, to be honest with you, and that sounds cold in a way" (via E! News). "But I finally thought, let's have a party then for the celebration of and we'll go ahead and legalize this thing. And I really thought it would kind of end at that — kind of a party feel."

"But it was so much more meaningful in the moment than I predicted," The Normal Heart actor told the host. "And it's been resonantly more meaningful to me afterward than I saw coming. You know, I had been an adult gay person for so long at a time where that wasn't possible — that life was 'fine' in so many ways. You know, what I mean? I got along fine and our relationship did." 

Colbert then asked how their relationship's changed since tying the knot. "Well, I don't know in a specific day-to-day sense what it is. Like, I don't know if there is anything," Parsons said. "There is an underlying thing — a little buzz of something though that I know this now. And I keep reminding myself of it. Like, I kind of forget. And then I'm like, 'We're a legal thing just like mom and dad were.'"

Parsons had been promoting Young Sheldon, a new CBS spinoff starring Iain Armitage of Big Little Lies. Based on Parsons' Big Bang Theory character, the show, which he and Spiewak executive produced together, will premiere on Monday, Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Parsons and Spiewak tied the knot at the Rainbow Room in New York City in May 2017. Parsons later took to Instagram to share gorgeous photos from their big day, including an adorable snapshot of the two walking hand-in-hand down the aisle at the end of the ceremony.