Naya Rivera Gets Real About Lea Michele Feud and Cory Monteith
For Rivera’s latest confession, she admits the alleged feud between her and costar Lea Michele was 100 percent real but insists it wasn’t as intense as originally reported. “We are both strong willed and competitive — not just with each other but with everyone — and that’s not a good mixture,” Rivera writes.
Rivera continues, saying their friendship began to really deteriorate when Santana (Rivera’s character on Glee) began to receive bigger storylines and was no longer just a background character. “I think Rachel — erm, I mean Lea — didn’t like sharing the spotlight,” she explained.
“On top of that, she had a hard time separating work from our outside friendship, whereas it was a lot easier for me. I’m not offended when people offer feedback or criticism, and if things get heated on set, I try to keep perspective. We’re all stressed, yes, but we’re all working toward the same goal, so laugh it off and keep it movin’. Lea was a lot more sensitive, though, and it seemed like she blamed me for anything and everything that went wrong.”
Rivera claims that by the sixth and final season of Glee, Michele refused to utter a word to her. “Lea and I definitely weren’t the best of friends, and I doubt we’ll ever sit on her couch and eat kale together again, but the rumors of our ‘feud’ were blown out of proportion.”
Despite their differences, Rivera says Michele was good for Cory Monteith, even though she describes him as becoming a “different person.” “When Cory and Lea started dating, it was a total surprise,” she admits. “The more serious they got, the less Cory hung out with us and the more he seemed like a different person.”
“My personal feelings for Lea aside, I knew that she wasn’t a partier, so I felt like maybe their relationship could actually be good for him,” she wrote. “I was happy for Cory to have a stable influence in his life, wherever it was he found it.”