Lea Michele's 'Hey You' Is A Farewell Song To Cory Monteith? 'Songwriting Is A Form Of Therapy'

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Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, stars of TV series Glee, were in a relationship right up until Cory's tragic death in July 2013. Lea Michele's new song "Hey You," which is part of her album Places, talks about the final days of someone she loves, and how she would give anything to get those days back. Is the song a tribute to her relationship with Cory? As Lea explains, while the album's lyrics were inspired by her personal journals, she doesn't name Cory specifically - but admits the songs were therapeutic for her.

Lea Michele, who is now 3o-years-old, began her career as an actress on Broadway. She is mostly known, however, for her role as Rachel Berry on the TV series Glee. It was on Glee where Lea got to know Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the show - the popular quarterback who discovered his love for singing and performing. During 2012, Lea and Cory started dating, But on July 13, 2013, Cory was found dead in his hotel room from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol. He was 31-years-old when he died.

"I like to keep certain things private", Lea Michele tells People magazine, when asked whether the song is about Cory Monteith. However, she then adds "Songwriting is a form of therapy."

The emotional song's lyrics are clearly about someone loved who is no longer with us.

"Final days were the hardest I didn't think they would be your last Hope you know I forgive you Give anything to get them back But know that everything's okay I'm doing okay without you I know you had to go away I'll tell you everyday I miss you"

Speaking recently with the San Francisco Examiner, Lea explained the process behind writing the lyrics for "Hey You" and several of the other songs in the album. Lea would bring stories from her journals to her co-writers, Ali Tamposi and Stephen Wrabel, who would then work out the lyrics.

Earlier this year, Lea took to Instagram to share an emotional throwback photo of Cory and her, taken in 2012 - a year before Cory's death. The photo shows the two in a loving embrace.

"My mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me at one point, 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 hopefully make something positive for where I go the rest of my life."

"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 hopefully make something positive for where I go the rest of my life."

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