Lea shares a private picture of the couple

Lea Michele has spoken publicly for the first time since Cory Monteith‘s death in an emotional Twitter message.

The Glee actress shared a private picture of her and Cory, who died from a drugs and alcohol overdose earlier this month aged 31, and thanked fans for their support.

Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support,’ Lea, 26, Tweeted yesterday.

Cory will forever be in my heart.

The sweet photo shows the couple cuddling up in front of the ocean and smiling at the camera.

Cory and Lea were lovers on and off screen, with Lea playing Finn Hudson’s on-off girlfriend Rachel Berry in Glee.

The cast of the show held a private memorial for Cory at Paramount Studios last week, where a grieving Lea was comforted by her co-stars.

Many of the cast were talking about their memories based on specifics places of the set. The memorial was basically a remember “what happened here or there” type of situation,’ a source tells Hollywood Life.

Everyone was crying. There were about 200 people there, and tears started flowing every time a story was told, but there were laughs and smiles as well when some stories were told.

Everyone made time for Lea and talked to her and cried with her – she was shell-shocked, but was very happy to be surrounded by her peers. It was exactly what she needed.’

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Anna Francis