The brave star is looking to the future

Lea Michele has released stunning behind-the-scenes pictures from the photo shoot for her new album.

The Glee star shows off her figure in the beautiful snaps and has spoken of her excitement about the project.

Let’s do this. #AlbumCoverShoot,’ Lea, 27, posted on Instagram yesterday.

She also told her Twitter fans ahead of the shoot: So excited because today I’m shooting the cover for my album! Working with the amazing photographer Peggy Sirota! #Album

It comes after the brave singer paid tribute to late boyfriend Cory Monteith in an emotional Glee episode that aired in the US on Thursday night.

Lea – whose character Rachel Berry dated Cory’s on screen alter ego Finn Hudson – sobbed as she sang the ballad Make You Feel My Love in a very moving scene.

Cory, 31, was found dead in July after an alcohol and drugs overdose in his hotel room.

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

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Anna Francis