You probably remember "Leslie Winkle" (Sara Gilbert,) the experimental physicist who worked in the same lab as "Leonard" (Johnny Galecki) in The Big Bang Theory. "Leslie," who appeared for the first time in the third episode of season one of the show, was "Leonard's" female counterpart and had a casual sexual relationship with him. But did you know that Sara Gilbert and Johnny Galecki actually dated in real life?

Sara Gilbert and Johnny Galecki were in a relationship when they were younger

Sara Gilbert dated her also Roseanne co-star Johnny Galecki when they were teenagers. During their relationship, she realized she was gay. "I thought he was super cute and I had a total crush on him. And we started dating and he would come over and we would, like, make out, and then I would start to get depressed," explained the 47-year-old actress during an interview with The Talk. 

How did Johnny react to Sara's unusual actions? 

At some point in their relationship, Galecki started to feel offended by Sara's actions, so she eventually had to explain that everything was about her sexuality. "He was super sweet about it. [He said] 'I love you and I think it’s really important and I’m so proud of you. If you want, I will be there and I will hold your hand,'" the actress revealed.

She has credited her ex-boyfriend for helping her through the experience of coming out and for keeping the secret about her relationship with a woman who was also in the public eye. Sara Gilbert and Johnny Galecki remain close friends still today!

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Sara Gilbert and Johnny Galecki at the J/P HRO & Disaster Relief Gala in Los Angeles, Caliornia, 2019

The Big Bang Theory star Sara Gilbert was married

From 2001 to 2011 Sara Gilbert had a relationship with television producer Ali Adler, with whom she had two children, Levi and Sawyer. Following their separation, Gilbert started dating musician and songwriter Linda Perry, former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman. In 2013 they announced their engagement and finally got married one year later. They reportedly split in 2019. 

For many years Sara Gilbert remained private about her sexuality, now she actively supports the gay community. She wants "people to know there can still be a struggle with it and that’s okay."