Posted: 10:27 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
Lea Michele has given her first TV interview since the July death of her boyfriend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith
The 27-year-old told Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show ”it’s certainly been a pretty rough year,” Lea admits. “But I’ve been surrounded by such great people, such great family.”
She also revealed that she leaned on Glee guest star Kate Hudson let her stay at her home to privately mourn Cory’s passing and avoid the paparazzi.
“She was so wonderful to basically give me her home to myself and my family,” she said. “It was so helpful to just basically have a safe place to process and to just have a minute to breathe before getting back to my house which has a lot of memories and stuff. So, being some place else to just have a moment was really nice.”
Lea and Ellen also recalled Cory’s last visit to the show, when he proudly confirmed that he and Lea were dating.
“It’s one of my favorite memories,” Lea told Ellen. “I remember when he came home that night, he kind of puffed out his chest and he was like, ‘I talked about you on ‘Ellen’ today.’ I was so happy. He’s such a private person, and 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, and so at that moment, that memory, it means so much to me.”