'Glee' star Lea Michele opens up to Ellen about Cory Monteith’s death

Lea Michele on Ellen Image by The Ellen DeGeneres Show

'Glee' star Lea Michele opens up to Ellen about Cory Monteith’s death

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Dec 12, 2013
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 Calling him “the greatest man,” actress Lea Michele opened up to Ellen DeGeneres this week about her boyfriend and “Glee” co-star, Cory Monteith, who died in July at age 31.

 In her first interview since his death, Michele spoke about her grief, moving forward with her life, and hiding out at fellow actress Kate Hudson’s home following Monteith’s overdose.
"It's certainly been a pretty rough year," Michele said, “but I've been surrounded by such great people, such great family.” Commenting on Hudson’s hospitality, she said, “It was so helpful to have a safe place to just process and breathe before getting back to my house, which has a lot of memories . . . I’m so thankful to her.”
Michele spoke about returning to work on “Glee” following Monteith’s death, saying, “What people . . . don’t understand is that going to work is no harder than being at home, being in the house and opening up a closet and seeing a pair of shoes. Grief goes with you every day, whatever you’re doing . . . So I’d rather be at work with people that I love that are going through the same thing. It obviously has its own triggers, but at the end of the day I feel so safe there.”
As for trying to move on mere months after the tragedy, she said, “I’m still trying to figure out all of this . . . At a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this, or you can choose to rise . . . I’m just trying to do my best for him because I know that’s what he would have wanted.”
Summing up her relationship with Monteith, Michele said, “I literally lived every day of my life feeling like the luckiest girl in the whole world.”
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.