The actress opens up about her boyfriend's death

Lea Michele has spoken for the first time about how she’s coping with Cory Monteith‘s death.

The actress recently filmed an emotional Glee episode paying tribute to Cory, who was found dead aged 31 in July after a drugs and alcohol overdose in his hotel room.

And Lea has admitted that she felt it was important to pay her respects to her boyfriend’s character Finn Hudson, who was her on-screen lover.

I feel like, for me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn,’ says Lea, 27.

We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him.

It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic.

Everyone is asking: “Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?”, but the truth is it’s no harder at work than it is in life so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together.’

Lea is staying positive and will always treasure the time she got to spend with Cory.

I really woke up every single day feeling like I was being in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life,’ the brave star tells TV Week Australia.

I feel like what happened with Cory [the cause of his death] was this big [she says, holding her fingers together to reflect a miniscule amount] in the scheme of who he was and his life.

There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky.’

Glee’s tribute episode to Cory and Finn, titled The Quarterback, will air on Sky1 on 18 October at 8pm.

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