Lea Michele: Cory Monteith and I “Talked About Children” Before His Death

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Before his tragic passing last July, Glee actor Cory Monteith had spoken to his girlfriend, Lea Michele, about starting a family together.

In the April 2014 issue of Glamour UK, Michele admitted that the couple were already dreaming of having kids and growing old together, telling the publication, “We were done. We were it. When you’re at that place in your life with someone, you talk about everything.”

“We talked about a lot of things. We talked about children and what we would look like when we grew old and who would be fat and how we would stay thin,” she said. “We talked about where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do.”

She continued, “I feel like I was given the best part of Cory and I’m thankful for that.”

Monteith and Michele, 27, had been dating since 2011 before the actor was found dead in a Vancouver, Canada hotel room from a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol in 2013. He was 31.

“I immediately started to try and process everything. I didn’t drown myself in anything toxic,” she said of the loss. “At the start, it’s hard because you’re so physically and mentally shocked and damaged, but after a while you get tired of physically feeling so horrendous, so I started doing yoga, which really helped. Then gradually your mind catches up with your body. Now I feel a little bit more back together and I have this blank canvas in front of me, which is what my life can be.”

The “Cannonball” songstress added she wants to focus on herself first before jumping back into the dating scene.

“I’ve only ever had serious relationships so it’s an adjustment putting myself back into a place of being alone,” she explained. “And I was under a Cory Monteith spell … it’ll take time to readjust my mind and I’m really not wanting to do that right now. I feel like it’s so important to make sure that I’m 100% OK before I can get into a relationship. But people have to understand that I can’t be alone forever. Cory wouldn’t want that.”