The stars, who play Penny and Leonard on the hit CBS comedy show, revealed to the world in that they had been dating for around two years, but had split on friendly terms. People were shocked — how could they keep it so secret for so long? Let's a look at the real reasons the secretive lovebirds ended their illicit romance. It was a wonderful relationship but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together.
We were so protective of ourselves and the show and didn't want anything to ruin that. But that also made it sad, too," Cuoco confessed. We couldn't do anything. It wasn't as fun as we wanted it to be," she explained. Penny and Leonard forever Galecki opened up about the romance in , and called his former flame "a dear friend". And not because I'm trying to be enigmatic; I just worry that it will conflict with people's acceptance of Leonard and Penny… I get the curiosity, but I don't want to distract from the story," he told CBS Watch!
Despite their off-screen relationship ending, their beloved characters Penny and Leonard ended up getting married in the first episode of season nine, which aired in September , and then wed again in season 10 which aired in They had to lie to their friends Getty Images The cast of The Big Bang Theory are all good friend, as they're often seen sharing sweet snaps on social media of them goofing around on set. But despite their tight-knit friendship with their co-stars including Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg, Cuoco and Galecki still chose to lie to their friends about their blossoming romance.
Eventually, it affected their relationship. And I'm like, "Why am I denying this person that I love? They even worked during the aftermath of their break-up, telling nobody on set they had ended their relationship.
We dodged a huge bullet. Dodged a war," Cuoco added. Being former child stars haunted their love Cuoco started acting at the tender age of three when she appeared in the Denzel Washington sci-fi thriller Virtuosity , while Galecki caught the acting bug aged just six years old, and got his big break at 14 when he was cast as Chevy Chase's son Rusty in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Having dealt with the pressures of Hollywood longer than most, the couple were desperate to keep their romance away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi and celebrity gossip magazines.
However, it was a decision that ultimately ended their two-year-long romance. A doomed romance Getty Images Despite their admiration and respect for one another after their break-up, Cuoco shockingly revealed the couple had actually agreed how they would deal with ending their relationship when they first began dating. We accepted it and said, 'Look, if we ever break up, we will be professional,'" the actress recalled.
We've seen that happen on other shows. Getty Images Since their break-up, the couple have continued to be close friends, even meeting each other's partners and goofing around at awards shows.
Were they just always destined to be better as friends than as boyfriend and girlfriend? Just profound friendship," Galecki captioned a shot of him on Instagram with his former girlfriend, while Cuoco joked , "Leonard and Penny will just have to suffice!