Archive for the ‘Relationships’ Category

Lea Michele Q&A: Talks ‘Difficult’ Cory Song, Finding Her Voice and Life After ‘Glee’

Posted by Ali in Mar 04,2014 with Comments Off

Billboard spoke with Lea as she prepared to release her debut album. She talks about Louder, Cory and her desire to be on American Horror Story.

This week, “Glee” star Lea Michele releases her debut album “Louder,” an 11-song set of club-ready dance anthems and soaring ballads that showcase the 27-year-old actor’s voice in a whole new light. The album delves into a slew of different ways of thinking about relationships, from good ol’ fashion pining, hooking up with someone who you know isn’t right, as well as the grief she experienced after Cory Monteith passed away last July. And it’s something she hopes will let her stand out in the pop landscape.

“I didn’t want to find songs that I had to change myself for,” she says of the tracks on “Louder.” “I wanted to find songs that would only highlight my sound and were unique to me. I didn’t want to fit any mold. I wanted it to be something that couldn’t be replicated by anyone else.”

Billboard spoke with Michele about the emotional aspects of “Louder,” how music is therapeutic for her, and the TV show she’s begging to be on after “Glee.”

The pop world is dominated these days by Katy, Miley, Taylor and Gaga. What’s unique about yourself as a pop singer?
I love all of those women. They were all inspirations for this record and I just love and respect women who make great music and focus on the vocals. For me as a performer, I really rely on my emotion coming from an acting background. I really use the performance aspect of it in conveying the emotion in my sound. Everything that I sing on this album is incredibly personal to me. It’s all things I’ve experienced. Sharing a part of yourself in your music is really important and that’s just what I’m trying to do.

Did you have any studio rituals when you were making “Louder”?
When I started out, my only prior experience to being in a recording studio was for “Glee.” The “Glee” process is so fast-paced. You go in, you have to record three songs in two hours. It’s like jumping out of a plane, making “Glee.” Before you hit the ground, you have to learn all your numbers and sing all your songs and film and entire episode. At the beginning [of recording “Louder”], I would get into the studio and I would say “we gotta do this, come on, lets record three songs today!” By the end, I was coming in, taking a nap, ordering food.

You co-wrote and recorded “If You Say So” after Cory’s passing. Did you find that therapeutic or pretty difficult?
It has both sides of the spectrum. Listening to it, it’s therapeutic and difficult. It will always represent the most devastating thing that’s every happened to me in my whole life. But at the same time, music is therapy. It’s been therapy for me in the entire grieving process and in my entire life. I’m grateful that Sia collaborated on that song with me and it’s a moment in my life … music has just been so important and so helpful to me this whole year.

Read the rest of this entry »

Matthew Morrison Talks to Elle about Lea Michele & his Holiday Album

Posted by Ali in Nov 11,2013 with Comments Off

Lea’s Glee co-star Matthew Morrison spoke with Elle about Lea and the effect that Cory Monteith’s death has had on her.

Have you seen Lea Michele’s December ELLE cover?
No, I have not seen it. Does she look good?

She looks amazing.
Of course she does.

How has it been working with her this season? Everyone says she’s so strong.
She is the strongest one of us all. It definitely hit her the hardest. There were a lot times when different people would go to her house. Everyone was on watch with her, and we would just kind of take care of her, making sure she was okay. She has come out of this thing a lot stronger, and I think with a better sense of self. I think she knows herself even more and has grown through this whole experience. A lot of it had to do with Cory, too. I think Cory was someone who was such a great influence on her life and such a positive person for her to be around. They really helped each other grow. So it is great to see her keep that same sensibility of what he brought to her and keep him alive through her actions.

To read the entire interview go here.

Lea Michele Recorded a Song About Cory Monteith for Her Debut Album

Posted by Ali in Nov 05,2013 with Comments Off

Lea Michele is continuing to remember Cory Monteith the best way she knows how—through music.

First, she offered up a heartbreaking rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” during last month’s Glee tribute episode to Monteith and his character Finn Hudson.

Now, the 27-year-old actress reveals she recorded a song for her upcoming album that definitely holds a special place in her heart.

“The album was done, and the label said, ‘Do you want to add anything?’ I was like, ‘I might regret it if I don’t,'” Michele tells Elle.

She decided to include the track “You’re Mine.”

“It makes me so happy, this song,” she says. “It makes me think so much of Cory. It was ours. When I think if him, I play this.”

While Michele has yet to reveal a release date for her album, she did tease fans with a sneak peek last month of her album cover shoot.

Meanwhile, Elle’s December issue, with Michele gracing the cover, hits newsstands Nov. 19.


Tribute Flashmob to Cory Monteith in Paris

Posted by Ali in Oct 15,2013 with Comments Off

This is not directly in regards to Lea but as Cory was very important to her and to the entire cast of Glee I thought this was beautiful and wanted to share so that as fans of the series and Lea you could watch this beautiful tribute to Cory using one of the songs done in Season One of Glee.

Glee’s Cory Monteith Tribute Episode: “Lea Michele Is the Strongest of All of Us”

Posted by Ali in Aug 27,2013 with Comments Off

Lea’s co-star Matthew Morrison spoke with E!Online last night and talked about how strong Lea has been!

It may one of the hardest things they’ve ever done, but the cast of Glee is continuing its work this week on the show’s upcoming tribute episode in honor of Cory Monteith.

“We’re in the middle of filming it, and it’s incredibly hard,” Matthew Morrison told me yesterday at Comedy Central’s James Franco roast. “We’ve mourned Cory, but now we’re mourning Finn. So it’s kind of like two people in that one person.

“It’s incredibly hard and we’re staying strong together and I have to say Lea [Michele] has been the most strongest of all of us,” he added.

Morrison said the tragedy has made the already tight cast and crew even tighter. “I think we all knew we were very close but I think this just kind of solidified it like we are a rock for each other right now,” he said. “It’s quite a beautiful thing.”

It sure is.

Lea Michele “Didn’t Know” Cory Monteith Had Relapsed With Heroin

Posted by Aniek in Jul 17,2013 with Comments Off

Lea Michele is trying to come to terms with the death of love Cory Monteith — and revelations from coroners on Tuesday that the Glee actor had accidentally overdosed on heroin and alcohol. “Lea has been inconsolable,” one source close to the singer and actress, 26, tells Us Weekly, adding that Michele “didn’t know” that Monteith had relapsed with heroin following his April rehab stint.

For now, the FOX star is keeping her mind occupied with funeral arrangements. “She’s been talking with Cory’s family the entire time and wants to plan the whole funeral,” another insider says. Working with her Canadian-born beau’s family, Michele is “planning the whole thing,” the source says.
It has, understandably, been a truly difficult time since Saturday’s shocking news. “It’s an absolute mess,” the second insider says. “It’s just devastating, tragic news. A lot of his friends in L.A. had no idea how bad his drug use was. Everyone is still shocked beyond belief.”

At Michele’s side for the ordeal is actor Jonathan Groff — her best friend who became a Broadway star alongside Michele in 2006’s Spring Awakening, and who played Jesse St. James, romantic rival to Finn (Monteith) for Michele’s Glee character, Rachel Berry. “He flew to be with her as soon as he heard,” another pal says. “His heart is broken for her — and he loved Cory too. The three of them would hang out together.”

Via her rep, Michele broke her silence about Monteith’s passing with a statement late Tuesday. “Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans. Since Cory’s passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together.”


Cory Monteith Cremated After Autopsy, Father Joe Not Invited

Posted by Aniek in Jul 17,2013 with Comments Off

Rest in peace, Cory Monteith. On Tuesday, July 16 — three days after his shocking death on July 13 — the Glee actor’s body was cremated in Vancouver following a private viewing with his family and girlfriend Lea Michele, TMZ reports.
PHOTOS: Stars we’ve lost in 2013
Not in attendance at the viewing was Monteith’s father, Joe Monteith, who told TMZ that he wasn’t made aware of the cremation until after the fact. Joe, who divorced wife Ann when his son was 7 and was estranged from him for years after, said he’s “totally devastated” he didn’t get a chance to see Monteith one last time.
“I always loved both my sons and am going to miss Cory very, very much,” Joe told TMZ. “I’m saddened at the fact that I couldn’t have been there to see my son before he was cremated.”

Read the rest of the message here

Lea Michele Grieving Cory Monteith: It’s a “Devastating Time”

Posted by Aniek in Jul 15,2013 with Comments Off

Lea Michele is in mourning. Following the shocking news that her boyfriend and Glee costar Cory Monteith died at the age of 31 on Saturday, July 13, the star is grappling privately with the loss.

The 26-year-old actress has not released a statement, but her rep tells Us Weekly in a statement, “We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time. Thank you.”
Michele had stood by Monteith’s side during his decision to enter rehab for substance addiction on March 31 of this year. “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this,” she in a statement at the time. “I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”

The FOX star, who dated Monteith for a year, was recently enjoying a girls weekend at Las Ventanas in Cabo, Mexico, with her girlfriend, Jennifer Cohen. “Lea seemed very happy and relaxed,” an insider told Us about her getaway, which she arrived home from on Monday, July 8. “It definitely seemed like a fun trip for her.”
For his part, Monteith, a Canada native, was visiting his mom in the Vancouver area at the time of his death. On Saturday, July 13, police announced during a press conference that the actor was pronounced dead on the scene in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. Foul play is not suspected and the coroner is investigating the cause of death.

“We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate,” the actor’s rep said in a statement to Us Weekly shortly after news broke of the tragedy. “We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss.”


Cory Monteith, Lea Michele Were “Happy,” “In Love” at Time of His Death

Posted by Aniek in Jul 15,2013 with Comments Off

Things seemed to be looking better than ever for Cory Monteith before he passed away suddenly at age 31 over the weekend. Indeed, the Glee star and his costar/girlfriend Lea Michele were ready to take things to the next level, a source reveals to Us Weekly. “Lea and Cory were planning on moving in together after he got back from Vancouver,” says the insider of Monteith, who was found dead in his hotel room on Saturday, July 13.

Dating since early 2012, Monteith and Michele, 26, “weren’t talking engagement or marriage yet but it was heading that way,” explains the source. “The first step was Cory was going to move in [to Michele’s L.A. home] completely. He was already there all the time.”
Despite some speculation to the contrary, the couple were anything but estranged before he died. “They were 100 percent happy and together and in love at the time of his death,” the source clarifies. “They never broke up.”

Grieving in private, Michele has yet to release a statement on the tragedy. “We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time. Thank you,” her rep told Us.

With his love in L.A., Monteith’s final week in his home city seemed a tranquil one. “Cory had just been hanging out with friends and seemed in good spirits, his usual self,” a Vancouver source says. An onlooker noticed on Friday — one day before his death — Monteith “and a few friends” were spotted leaving the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. He returned to the hotel alone later that evening.
An autopsy is expected on Monday.


Lea Michele Devastated By Cory Monteith Death

Posted by Aniek in Jul 14,2013 with Comments Off

LEA Michele has been left devastated by the shock death death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith.

The 31-year-old actor — who played Finn Hudson on the TV show Glee — died Saturday in Vancouver. He was was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel around noon yesterday after staffers went to check on him when he didn’t check out on time. Lea found the news out by telephone, and was shocked to her very core, a source said.

“Lea broke down in tears when she heard the news,” a source said. “Cory was her whole world. They’ve been through a lot together.”

Lea is expected to release an official statement in the next few hours. No foul play is suspected, and cops say “it was not immediately apparent” what caused his death. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Monteith voluntarily checked himself into a treatment center back in April, admitting he had substance abuse issues. It was his second time in treatment.

Sources previously revealed Lea is a calming influence on Cory.

“Lea is an excellent influence on him. She’s good for him,” a source said. “She’s really calmed him.

“They seem to compliment each other’s personalities very well.

“They are always very affectionate and sweet to each other. Cory acts very protective of Lea.

“The two of them drank together, but drank in a way that seemed to be responsible.

“They both seemed in control and not messy.

“She would have been very supportive and encouraging for him to seek treatment. It seems like she is a very steady hand.”