'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."