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Billy Porter and Adam Smith Have One of the Most Adorable Love Stories out There

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"I was cruisin' him as he walked up the street, and he stopped, and he was with us! [...] I was like, 'Oh, well, I'll be sittin' next to this handsome specimen tonight!'" Billy Porter described how he first met his partner, Adam Smith, in a previous interview with People. 

As the Tony Award-winning actor and one of the performers appearing on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve revealed, he and Adam had an instant connection — but it took them some time to figure out how to make things work. 

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Billy Porter met his partner, Adam Smith, in February 2009.

Billy and Adam were first introduced to each other during a friendly get-together in February 2009. They hit it off immediately, and they continued to spend time together for about a year. 

"The first time we were dating, we were just, like, 'hanging out,' and all of a sudden, we realized, 'Oh, it's been seven months; that's more than just hanging out!' But because we weren't conscious of it, it kind of imploded," Billy told People

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Things ended abruptly between the Broadway veteran and the businessman. Although they broke up, they continued to be a part of each others' lives. 

The ending of the relationship left both parties remorseful. However, they approached the prospect of rekindling the old flames with a degree of caution. 

"It had been marinating within me, my love for him and figuring it out and coming to terms with it, over the years [...] So I knew that it was on me if I wanted to ever change anything, I would have to be the first one to approach the subject; so I was trying to figure out the right time to do it," Adam told People. 

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In the end, they confessed their feelings for each other at Adam's birthday celebration in 2015. 

"I love you, and I've always loved you, and if there's any chance, I would like another shot — I would like us to have another shot at this," Adam told Billy during the car ride to dinner.

Needless to add, Billy said yes. 

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Billy and Adam got married after a 16-day-long engagement.

The star of Pose, American Horror Story, and the like initially struggled to come up with a unique concept for the proposal. Eventually, he popped the question during a getaway to London. 

One night, they headed to a restaurant located on the 42nd floor of a skyscraper with two other friends. As Billy told People, he asked them to tell their meet-cute during dinner — which set the mood. 

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"I had planted the seed with [our friends] earlier in the evening, when I asked them to tell their story about how they met; they did, for me to be able to then tell our story and, at the end of it, I said, 'And with that...' and I pulled out the Cartier ring!" Billy told People. 

He and Adam tied the knot 16 days later. They have been happily married ever since. 

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