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Lea Michele Talks About Surviving Cory Monteith’s Death: “The Insane Love Morphed Into Strength”

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Millions of fans were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Glee actor Cory Monteith. But no one was more devastated then his longtime girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele. In the March 2013 issue of Teen Vogue, the actress and singer opened up about losing the love of her life.

“I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other morphed into this strength that I have right now,” she said about finding a way to live in a world without Monteith. “There’s just something about knowing he’s watching everything I’m doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him. I also have a safety net below me—if I fall or if it’s too much, my friends and family will be there to catch me.”

Lea also shirked the insurmountable grief by focusing on her upcoming debut album, Louder, which is scheduled to hit record stores on March 4. “During Glee, I felt like I was scratching that itch of being an artist,” she explained. “I was at a great place in my life and I was so unbelievably happy—my relationship with Cory  made me feel like I could reach for the stars and more. So I was like, ‘I’m going to challenge myself and do this record now.’ It’s obviously pop, but I think it shows me off as a singer.’”

Thankfully, the 27-year-old was able to play music from the album for Cory and garner his blessing before he died on July 13, 2013 from a drug overdose. “He was such a fan, you don’t understand,” Lea gushed of his support. “He would be like, ‘You’re going to be a pop star! What are we going to do? Are we going to, like, go on the road?’ He would say, ‘This is going to be big!’ And I’d be like, ‘I don’t know.’ He heard every song and gave me his notes on everything. I would say ‘Burn with You’ was his favorite. He came into the studio that day. He loved ‘Battlefield.’ I’m getting chills thinking about it.”

For more on Lea’s interview in Teen Vogue‘s March 2013 issue, conducted by her close friend and Glee guest star Jonathan Groff, pick up the issue on newsstands on February 4 and go behind-the-scenes of the cover shoot in the video below.

Do you think Cory was right? Will Lea successfully make the leap from television star to pop star?

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