Lea Talks About Her Relationship With Cory + His Passing

As Glee's Rachel Berry, she is adored by fans across the world. But Lea Michele has revealed that it was late boyfriend Cory Monteith who made her feel beautiful.
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'Cory made me feel like a queen every day,' the 27-year-old revealed to Seventeen Magazine. 'From the minute he said, "I’m your boyfriend," I loved every day, and I thank him for being the best boyfriend and making me feel so beautiful.'

'I only have happy memories of Cory,' she added. 'He was not his addiction – unfortunately, it won. But that wasn’t who he was.'

The album, which Lea was promoting at a signing in New Jersey on Monday, is set to be released on March 4, and the songstress assigns special meaning to that date.

'[It's] bizarre, like it's meant to be,' the pretty brunette said. 'Just think about it: we're going to March fo(u)rth... I try my best to march forth and live my life as best as I can for me.

I also feel an incredible, happy responsibility to keep the memory and light of [Cory, who] was the most amazing person.'

While some may have not understood Lea's decision to return to a full work schedule soon after Cory's death, she explains she found it easier to deal with her grief when surrounded by her friends and co-stars.

'We all lost Cory. I didn’t think for one minute that being away from [the Glee cast] was what I wanted. Being on the set of Glee is no more difficult than being at home and finding [Cory's] slippers under the bed.

We had a life and a job together—it goes with you everywhere you go, you can’t get away from grief. So I might as well be surrounded by the people I love and get to lean on them."