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Lea Michele Says She Lost Two People When Cory Monteith Died

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Lea Michele has been largely silent since the death of her boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith, who played her character Rachel Berry’s love interest, Finn Hudson, on ‘Glee.’ Until now. In a heartbreaking confession, Michele revealed that she lost two people when Monteith died.

While speaking with an Australian media outlet, the singer and actress said, “For me personally, I’ve lost two people — Cory and Finn.” Monteith’s death from a drug overdose in July was doubly painful for her.

It’s clear that Michele utterly adored Monteith, saying, “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. There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky.”

Since the show lost both Cory and Finn, it was only right that both were memorialized on the series. The Monteith tribute episode airs tonight (Oct. 10) on Fox. Keep the tissues close at hand.

“We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him,” Michele said. “It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic.”

Michele also shared that going back to work on Season 5 of ‘Glee’ so soon after her boyfriend’s death was not hard for her. In fact, it helped her through the grieving and mourning processes.

She confessed, “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.”

We’re so glad that the ‘Glee’ family pulled together and united during this devastating time.

Next: See Cory Monteith's Best Moments on 'Glee'

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