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Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor started their relationship in the most surprising way

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Here is yet another reason to love this famous couple. 

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor might be Hollywood’s best relationship.

There, I’ve said it. You can keep your Emily Blunt and John Krasinskis, don’t talk to me about Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. I want Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor and I want them all the time. The partners of four years are my favourite of all celebrity couples, even more so now that Paulson has confirmed how the two met.

In an appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the actress recounted how she and Taylor crossed paths when they were both filming something for a charitable organisation many years ago.

“It’s a long story,” she said. “We met a very, very long time ago. I was with someone else and she was too. We were doing a thing at [actress] Martha Plimpton’s house. It was for an organisation that she was working with and we were both doing a little PSA for it,” Paulson added. “We sort of breezed by each other and then started following each on Twitter… and then…” 

Billy Eichner, Paulson’s co-star on American Horror Story and guest with her on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen exclaimed: “So Holland Taylor slid into your DMs?”

“She actually did!” Paulson said, laughing. “It’s pretty great.”

Taylor, beloved for her performance as the no-nonsense Professor Stromwell in Legally Blonde, started chatting to Paulson and then the two eventually set up a dinner date. The rest, as they say, is history.

What I love about this couple is how open and unguarded both are about their love for each other. It’s rare to have lesbian love celebrated so publicly by celebrities in this way, and for that I cherish them.

Paulson has praised her partner as “the most beautiful woman I had ever seen”, and refuses to stand for gossip about the 32-year age gap between the two of them.

“I think a lot of people have a stunted way of looking at older people, it’s a way of distancing themselves from something they think will not happen to them,” Paulson mused to the Sunday Times. “I have the good fortune of being with someone who is older and wiser than I am.”

Later, to Modern Luxury, she spelled it out in even more uncertain terms: “If anyone wants to spend any time thinking I’m strange for loving the most spectacular person on the planet, then that’s their problem. I’m doing just fine.” 

Paulson and Taylor have also made a commitment to talk openly about their relationship in the hope that it helps reduce some of the hate and bigotry in the world.

“I do want to live responsibly and truthfully without hiding,” she told Town & Country. “It’s complicated, because there is a lot of hate in this world, and a lot of good can come from quote-unquote normalising something for people who don’t see it as normal. Our relationship presents a certain amount of hope and risk. Maybe there’s something brave in it. Maybe it encourages others to make brave choices.”

Keep doing what you do, Paulson and Taylor. 

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