Watch Lea Michele on Ellen DeGeneres, where she talks about life after boyfriend Cory Monteith's death, plus her performance of "Cannonball." Lea Michele sat down for a very candid interview with Ellen DeGeneres, talking about her late boyfriend, Cory Monteith, and how she's coped after his death.
She said she's "doing well," adding, "It's certainly been a pretty rough year, but I've been surrounded by such great people, such great family."
Lea also talked about Kate Hudson opening her home after Cory's death, saying, "It was so helpful to just basically have a safe place to process and just have a minute to breathe before getting back to my house, which just has a lot of memories and stuff, so being someplace else to just have a moment was really nice."
As for Lea's decision to get back to work on Glee, she explained, "Ryan Murphy, who is so amazing, came to Kate's house and he said, 'What do you want to do, whatever you want to do we'll do.' I said I have to go back to work. We have to. [The Glee cast] is my family and what people also don't understand is that going to work is no harder than being at home and being in the house and opening up a closet and seeing a pair of shoes. There's this grief that goes with you everyday whatever you're doing. When there's great moments, when there's hard moments so I'd rather, for me, be at work with the people who I love. It obviously has its own triggers, but at the end of the day, I feel so safe there...they're my family."
Lea also spoke about finding strength after the unimaginable tragedy, noting, "I think at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this or you can choose to rise. And that's what I'm just trying to do--do my best for him--because I know that that's what he would have wanted and to just do my best and to you know, hopefully make something positive for where I go in the rest of my life."
She said of their time together: "I literally lived every day of my life feeling like the luckiest girl in the whole world. I just thought he was the greatest man."
Watch Lea perform "Cannonball" below:
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