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Posted at 8:40 AM ET, 09/30/2010

Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki of 'Big Bang Theory': Secret lovers?

By Jen Chaney

Kaley Cuoco has admitted that she and Johnny Galecki -- who play hot-girl-meets-geek lovers on "The Big Bang Theory" -- secretly dated for two years.

In an interview with CBS Watch magazine, she opens up about the relationship, which she says the two committed to keeping under wraps.

"It was a wonderful relationship but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together," she tells the network publication. "We were so protective of ourselves and the show and didn’t want anything to ruin that. But that also made it sad, too. That’s not the kind of relationship I want -- I don’t want to be hiding. We couldn’t do anything. It wasn’t as fun as we wanted it to be. Everyone was always asking, and we deny-deny-denied."

Cuoco implies that other people connected with the show preferred that the two not share their real-life romantic feelings -- "certain people didn’t want to do it that way," she says. She and Galecki broke up "before the holidays," so nearly a year ago -- ironically, in the midst of "Theory's" third season, when their characters, Penny and Leonard, were finally embarking on a relationship. By season three's end, though, Penny and Leonard had broken up and Cuoco and Galecki had adjusted to life as co-workers and good friends. "I’m so lucky it was a mutual ending and that we don’t hate each other," Cuoco says.

"Big Bang" fans, how do you feel about this news? Is it less, more or equally shocking as Penny and Leonard falling in love on the show?

Sources: Us Magazine, CBS Watch

By Jen Chaney  | September 30, 2010; 8:40 AM ET
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hmmmm, secret lovers on the "Big Bang." How oddly appropiate!

Posted by: elias_howe | September 30, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

This tender love story makes my little nerd heart glow with glee.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

When was that interview? Sort of odd that it does not include anything about how is she doing given that recently she was hospitalized after breaking her leg in a horse accident and they extended the show's hiatus.

Posted by: NovaCath1 | September 30, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I think it's cute!

Posted by: DCCubefarm | September 30, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I love the show. I love both their characters. It's cool that they managed to still be friends after. Sad they couldn't explore the relationship in a normal manner. Perhaps they would have ended up in a better relationship.

Posted by: tojo45 | September 30, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

BBT meets C&W:

Daytime friends and nighttime lovers/
hope that no-one else discovers/
where they go, what they do/
in their secret hideaway.

Posted by: byoolin1 | September 30, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh please Liz! Usually your cynicism antennae are raised a bit higher than this. Everyone knows that Galecki is gay as the day is long. "We are confessing ... an illicit romance ... that nobody knew about ... that ended years ago... " It stinks of publicist placement bearding.

Posted by: mattfugazi | September 30, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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