On Saturday, March 14, The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan celebrated his son Augustus’ milestone birthday, posting a sweet tribute on Instagram.
“Happy birthday to our dude. 10. Double digits. How the hell did that happen?” Morgan wrote, sharing several photos of the father-son pair and their family, including Hilarie Burton and their 2-year-old daughter George Virginia. “You were just born like… a second ago?! I love you punk. So much. The best decade of our lives because of you. Me n ma are super lucky and proud. Xoxodad.”
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The One Tree Hill actress also shared her own sweet tribute to her son via her own Instagram page, sharing a throwback photo from when Gus was a toddler, as well as another image of him looking dapper in a fitted tuxedo.
“Our son, Gus Morgan, turns ten today,” Burton wrote. “He is the most spectacular person. His dad @jeffreydeanmorgan and I are beyond lucky that he is ours. I love you, my boy. Happy Birthday!!!! 😭😭😭.”
Several of the couple’s famous friends commented to wish Gus a happy birthday. Actress Diane Kruger, who is dating Morgan’s costar Norman Reedus, commented, “Happy Birthday handsome ♥️,” on Morgan’s Instagram post.
“The greatest little punk rock dude around!! ♥️,” One Tree Hill alumna Sophia Bush wrote, adding, “Happy birthday sweet boy!! ♥️✨,” on Burton’s post.
Last New Year’s Eve, Burton opened up about being pregnant with her son 10 years ago and feeling unsure about the future in a candid post on Instagram.
“Ten years ago, I was pregnant, unemployed, unsure about where I was gonna live or give birth and despite the bravado I may have projected, I was scared,” she wrote. “My whole life I’d thought I would follow the same path as everyone I’d grown up around. Have a steady job. Get married. Buy a house. Have kids. But the path didn’t unfold that way at all.”
The couple had been dating at the time, and after 10 years and two children together, the pair finally wed on October 5 in New York.
“A decade later, I can look back at my younger self and say ‘it’s okay, honey! Happiness will surprise you! Let it!’ 2019 was incredibly good to our family,” Burton continued. “The wedding I thought I wanted when I was 26 was made so much sweeter by waiting.”
She added, “My love for @jeffreydeanmorgan has evolved into something so much deeper and golden. Our children participated and were at our sides for all of it. It was the celebration of an entire decade. As I see all the year in review posts today, my entire year – my entire decade really – can be summed up in that one day.”