One of Kaley Cuoco’s longest relationships was the one she kept secret. In 2010, the actress dropped a bombshell when she revealed to CBS Watch that she dated co-star Johnny Galecki, who plays Dr. Leonard Hofstadter, for nearly two years. “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,” she said.
Cuoco claimed their incognito lifestyle eventually tore them apart. “We couldn’t do anything. It wasn’t as fun as we wanted it to be,” she said. “Everyone was always asking, and we deny-deny-denied. And I’m like, ‘Why am I denying this person that I love?’ It took a little bit of a toll on me and I think it did for him, too.”
We get being worried about impacting America’s top comedy, but worrying about it for two whole years? That level of restraint seems wildly out of character when compared to the openness of her most recent relationships. Not to mention, Cuoco clearly wasn’t thinking about the show when she got very touchy-feely very publicly with her ex soon after her divorce. At the 2016 People’s Choice Awards, the inseparable duo shared plenty of pictures on social media. Though Cuoco added a “#notdating” hashtag to her photo collage, the pals’ public displays of affection certainly blurred the lines between reality and TV.