Lea Michele thanks her new man for making her “smile again”

It has been almost two years since Cory Monteith passed away, and it seems like his girlfriend Lea Michele is slowly finding happiness again.

The Glee actress took to Instagram yesterday to pay tribute to her new boyfriend Matthew Paetz as he celebrated his 30th birthday, thanking him for bringing "joy" back into her heart.

"Matthew, thank you for bringing such happiness into my life. For making me smile again and bringing such a bright joy into my every day… Thank you for loving me and my family… And of course Sheila too.. May this be the happiest Birthday ever!" she wrote, sharing a picture of Matthew kissing her on the cheek.


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Lea and Matthew have been together since last year, and now share a home together in Los Angeles.

Just last week, the actress posted a picture of her former boyfriend and co-star Cory in honour of his own birthday:

Lea has spoken since Cory's death about the dark times she went through, and her struggle to find peace again.

"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," she told Glamour UK five months after Cory's passing.

"Speaking about the possibility of moving on from Cory, Lea said she knew it was what he would want. "[P]eople have to understand that I can’t be alone forever. Cory wouldn’t want that," she said.

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