Lea Michele Feels Strength From Cory Monteith

In July Glee actress Lea Michele went through unfathomable tragedy when her co-star and boyfriend Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room after overdosing on heroin and alcohol. A mere six months later and Michele is now at a place where she can talk about how she’s coping.

Sitting down for an unorthodox interview with her best friend Jonathan Groff, Michele, who has been praised for her strength, takes out the time to talk to the Spring Awakening actor for Teen Vogue about the last six months.

Groff, who met Lea Michele during their run on Broadway together in the 2006 show asked the questions only a best friend can ask, and because of that readers are getting an intimate look at Lea Michele.

“I sat down with Lea in Venice, California, at one of her favorite restaurants, Gjelina, to talk about her life and her debut album, and to ask the questions only a best friend is allowed to ask,” wrote Groff.

Lea Michele’s interview wasn’t without laughs, as seen from the photos the best friends took together during a photo shoot, but the sensitive topic at hand of Monteith’s death wasn’t skirted around.

“…Watching you go through what you went through, I saw you exhibit so much strength. Where do you think that strength comes from? I can’t comprehend it.”

Lea Michele’s response was a no brainer for the actress, as she answered “Cory.”

Michele elaborated on her response that her strength comes from her late boyfriend:

“I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other morphed into this strength that I have right now. 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.”

Since Monteith’s passing Lea Michele has only sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to discuss life after Cory. The only other glimpse people saw of her in mourning was when she accepted her Teen Choice Award weeks after Monteith’s death, and made an emotional speech, dedicating her award to the late actor. In October a raw Glee episode was aired titled “The Quarterback” which dealt with the characters saying goodbye to Cory’s character Finn Hudson after a sudden death.

Now that Glee is winding down Lea Michele is currently promoting her album Louder which was delayed but is now ready to hit stores on February 28. Of the songs that Monteith heard, Michele said:

“He was such a fan, you don’t understand. 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. He loved ‘Battlefield.’ I’m getting chills thinking about it. I would say ‘Burn with You’ was his favorite. He came into the studio that day.”

Lea Michele’s new song is available to buy on Tuesday, January 28 on iTunes.