Lea Michele Talks Finding Love with Matthew Paetz After Losing Cory Monteith

Lea Michele Remembers Cory Monteith
...with a special tribute two years after his death.

Lea Michele is opening up about falling in love again after Cory Montieth’s death

The actress covers the October issue of FLARE magazine, and in it she’s giving details about how she overcame losing one of the great loves of her life.

The former Glee star got candid about moving on from Monteith’s heartbreaking death in 2013, and what she had to do for herself before meeting and falling in love with her current boyfriend, Matthew Paetz.

I wanted to make sure that I was okay with me, feeling strong and feeling happy on my own. I didn’t want anybody to fill any holes for me—that sounds sexual! I wanted to make sure that I was a whole person again and that no one was coming into my life to put me back together.

I needed to do that on my own. I worked very, very, very hard and I got back to that place where I was genuinely happy and strong and ready to live again and see the world and, you know, bring in more beautiful experiences. And that’s when someone miraculously came into my life.

In May, Michele posted a photo on Instagram for Paetz’s birthday, thanking him for everything he’s done for her: “Thank you for bringing such happiness into my life. For making me smile again and bringing such a bright joy into my every day.”

She also opens up about leaning on famous friends like Kate Hudson and Amber Riley after Monteith’s death. Michele is also grateful to have her Scream Queens co-star, Emma Roberts, in her life. “Emma speaks up for herself, she stands up for herself, she takes care of herself, and those are the kinds of girls I want to be around.”