Lea Michele Doesn’t Want You to Remember Cory Monteith for His Addiction Issues

Michael Prieve / March 4, 2014

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Glee star Lea Michele graces the cover of Seventeen magazine’s April 2014 issue.

In her interview with Seventeen, she discusses life after the death of boyfriend and Glee costar, Cory Monteith, and how she plans to follower her passion and find lasting happiness after heartbreak.

As for Cory’s memory, “I only have happy memories of Cory. He was not his addiction – unfortunately, it won. But that wasn’t who he was. Cory made me feel like a queen every day. From the minute he said, ‘I’m your boyfriend,’ I loved every day, and I thank him for being the best boyfriend and making me feel so beautiful.”

Lea Michele Seventeen magazine cover April 2014

In regards to her forthcoming album, she loves pop music so she went with it. “I set out to make a really pop-heavy album that was fun and empowering – I love Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson! But then I found myself picking and writing these songs that were very emotional and dramatic. Louder has songs that express extreme love and some pain. I look at it and think, That was my year. I didn’t record any songs that I didn’t completely relate to.”

Over the last year, her confidence has been building, especially her body confidence. She now can say, “I’m very comfortable with my own body. I come from Broadway – everybody’s naked on Broadway. I like to think of myself as more granola. I’m not going to run around naked or anything like that unless I’m at my own home. Today, I walked into my backyard and was standing out there naked for a while. Don’t tell: My neighbors will freak out!”

More from the interview with Lea can be found at Seventeen.com.