Gracing the cover of December’s Elle Magazine, Lea Michele gave a candid interview where she addressed her life after the death of Glee co-star and boyfriend Cory Monteith. The magazine released the cover, interior images and quotes on Sunday (November 3).
When the news of Monteith’s death broke and Michelle needed to get away, she turned to a co-star fans may not have guessed. “I called [Kate Hudson] and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters],’” Michelle told Elle. “She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there. I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”
Michelle found herself in a difficult position, returning to the show and paying tribute to her late paramour. “I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life,” Michelle said. “Now that I am in this position, you can choose to rise, and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people.”
Michelle addressed how she’s taking time to heal, but maintaining her work schedule, saying, “It’s very hard. And you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don’t have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.”
Monteith’s untimely death has affected every aspect of Glee, causing creator Ryan Murphy to rethink his show. Murphy announced that Glee will end after next season.