Actress Lea Michele is opening up about the tragic death of her on-and-off-screen boyfriend, Cory Monteith, just days before "Glee" is set to air its tribute episode to the star.
Surrounded by her "Glee" cast mates, Michele told TV Week Australia that Thursday's tribute is "perfect," but it was a difficult thing to get through.
“I feel like, for me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn," she said to TV Week. “We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him. It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic.”
The 27-year-old said that she took Monteith's death in July very hard, but working on the show helped her through it. “Everyone is asking: ‘Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?’, but the truth is it’s no harder at work than it is in life so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together.”
Monteith died July 13 of a drug and alcohol overdose, shocking his co-stars and fans. When asked what she would want people to know about him, Michele told TV Week, “There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together, I consider myself very lucky.”
“I really woke up every single day feeling like I was being in some sort of spell or something," she said. "That I was lucky enough to have him in my life."