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Lea Michele Shares Cherished Memories Of Cory Monteith With Ellen

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12/12/2013 8:05 am
PopWrapped | Television
Lea Michele Shares Cherished Memories Of Cory Monteith With Ellen

Clare Sidoti

Managing Editor

2013 has certainly been filled with some very big highs and some tremendous lows for Glee’s Lea Michele. With the continued success of Glee, work on her debut solo album, film roles and a book deal, things were all falling into place for Michele, until one weekend in July when her on-and-off-screen lover, Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel from a drug and alcohol overdose. Generally a very private person about her private life, Michele has not spoken much about her romance with Monteith. However, during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, which airs today (December 12), Michele spoke about Monteith and how she “felt like the luckiest girl in the world” when she was with the late star. Michele shared with Ellen insights into the couple’s relationship and the love they had for one another. She revealed that one of her “favorite memories” of Monteith was following an appearance he had made on Ellen’s show. “I remember when he came home that night he kind of puffed out his chest and he was like, 'I talked about you on Ellen today'. I was so happy. He's such a private person and I literally lived everyday of my life feeling like the luckiest girl in the whole world." "I just thought he was the greatest man and so at that moment, that memory, it means so much to me." It hasn’t yet been six months since Monteith died and Michele admits that she is still struggling to come to terms with the fact that he’s no longer here. "I really feel like I'm still trying to figure out all of this. It's been only a few months, but my mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me at one point, she said, there is an empowerment that comes with grief, at some point you find it. "It's very hard but you will find it and I think at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this or you can choose to rise. And that’s what I'm just trying to do my best for him because I know that that's what he would have wanted, and to just do my best and to you know, hopefully make something positive for where I go in the rest of my life." Following Monteith’s death, there was much speculation about whether Glee would continue. Showrunner, Ryan Murphy, left the decision in Michele’s capable hands letting her decide what she wanted to do and what she thought she could cope with. She explains her desire to have the show continue on: "He came to Kate's [Hudson] house and he said what do you want to do, whatever you want to do we'll do. I said I have to go back to work. We have to. They're my family and what people also don't understand is that going to work is no harder than being at home and being in the house and opening up a closet and seeing a pair of shoes." "This grief goes with you everyday whatever you're doing. There's great moments, hard moments so I'd rather, for me, be at work with the people who I love that are going through and it obviously has it's own triggers, but at the end of the day I feel so safe there. And like I said, they're my family." Michele also performed “Cannonball”, the first single off her debut album, Louder, which is now available for preorder and is set for release on March 4, 2014.


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