Everyone’s favorite Swedish realtor, Fredrik Eklund, recently posted a heartwarming tribute to his husband and best friend, Derek Kaplan.

Celebrating the couple’s 10 year anniversary since they first met on the island of Mykonos in Greece, Eklund recounts the struggle of getting Derek Kaplan to the United States, despite being married, since their same-sex marriage wasn’t federally recognized in 2013. Derek Kaplan, who is a British and Zimbabwean national, was at the time living in London.

Fredrik write on his Instagram: “I’ll never forget when our marriage was accepted by everyone in the US, that June when people were dancing on the streets of New York, it was actually the same week as our wedding episode aired. And you could come home permanently.”

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Here we are, no filters, just us, two husbands celebrating 10 years together. Babe I think we did it? In fact we did the impossible. When I knocked on your shoulder summer of 2010 in Mykonos we were so young, you were an aspiring artist living in London with a car company, like an Uber before Uber, and I was an up-and-coming real estate agent in NY with what some might say too big dreams. During our first night together 🔥 the very initial contract from Bravo came in via fax at the hotel and I tried to explain to you why I was excited about it. We married as soon as it became legal in the State of New York. But you could still not stay, because gay marriage wasn’t legal on a federal level. We tried to be understanding of the change happening while giving respects to the previous generations fighting for this basic right. Every three weeks you had to leave back to the UK. I’ll never forget when our marriage was accepted by everyone in the US, that June when people were dancing on the streets of New York, it was actually the same week as our wedding episode aired. And you could come home permanently. It might feel long ago today, but I look at our kids and I can see all the struggles back then in a good way. You had Kai who I instantly loved and I wanted kids of our own too and told you about the dreams of this little girl I called Milla as long as I could remember. But then when our surrogate Misty became pregnant with twins I started seeing visions of a little boy and girl holding hands in the distance – she was going to have a brother! 10 years later you are my Big D, my sex on legs, my best friend and my daddy angel. We traveled the world together, literally, and spiritually. Kids, dogs, nannies, our Monkey, big families, careers, Stockholm, London, New York and now Los Angeles. You are always so kind, so helpful, so generous, even when you are overwhelmed which is easy with me. You always take the time to listen and never, ever judge. I’m so incredibly thankful that you picked me – you could have had anyone. Love you 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦 #pridemonth

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10 years since the day they met, the couple now live in Los Angeles, and are happy parents to twins Milla and Freddy, who frequently melt hearts around the world through Fredrik’s Instagram.

“It might feel long ago today, but I look at our kids and I can see all the struggles back then in a good way. You had Kai who I instantly loved and I wanted kids of our own too and told you about the dreams of this little girl I called Milla as long as I could remember. But then when our surrogate Misty became pregnant with twins I started seeing visions of a little boy and girl holding hands in the distance – she was going to have a brother!” he said in the post.

Fredrik ended the touching tribute saying: “You always take time to listen and never, ever judge. I’m so incredibly thankful that you picked me – you could have had anyone. Love you #pridemonth”.

Happy anniversary to Fredrik and Derek, and Happy Pride month to everyone who is fighting for their right to be treated equally.

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