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Following on from the tragic loss of her boyfriend, Cory Monteith, over two years ago, Lea Michele has finally spoken about her new boyfriend Matthew Paetz. 

Up until now, the 29-year-old has remained tight-lipped about her love life but has revealed that she has found love two and a half years after the tragic death of her long-term boyfriend and Glee co-star, Cory. 

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Lea finally opened up about how the romance remains strong despite heartache and fame. 

"At the end of the day, this industry is really tough, and the only way to get through is to create a solid unit, and that’s really what we’ve been since day one."

"We’ve stood by each other through anything that was thrown our way. [Matthew] is a such a great man that he would never really let anything like that ever crack our lovely little core that we've created."

Perhaps most importantly to Lea, she noted that she thinks Cory would have loved Matthew and would have been happy for her. 

"He is very respectful towards the person that I was with, and that, again, is something I love so much about him."

"I really know that Cory would love him too."

Cory Monteith suffered from substance abuse issues and died from an overdose in July 2013. 

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Today marks two years since Glee star Cory Monteith died of an accidental drug overdose, and social media has been awash with tributes to the late actor all day.

Among the sweet messages was one from Lea Michele, who had been in a relationship with Cory for over a year at the time of his death. The actress took to Twitter and Instagram today to post a heartbreaking message to her late boyfriend.

Sharing a picture of Cory smiling as he drove into the sunlight, Lea wrote, "I know you would want us all laughing and smiling today.. So we think of you and remember all the laughter and joy we shared together. I hold you in my heart always and love and miss you so…"

She shared the same picture on her personal Twitter account with the message, "Today we remember the laughter and joy you brought into our lives every day. We think of you always and love you so."

Kevin McHale, who played Artie on the popular musical show, also headed to Instagram today to pay tribute to his friend. "This goofball…I can't comprehend how it's already been 2 years, when it sometimes feels like I saw you just yesterday. Miss you every damn day," he wrote, adding a maple leaf emoji for Canadian native Cory.

 

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Cory passed away between the fifth and sixth seasons of Glee, on which Lea also starred. 

Back in February, Lea did her best to keep memories of Cory alive as Glee wrapped filming on its final ever episode. Posting a picture of herself walking off the show's set carrying Finn's McKinley Titans football jersey, Lea wrote, "One more thing…"

Speaking after Cory's death, the actress admitted she believed she had found a lifelong partner with him. "We talked about a lot of things. We talked about children and what we would look like when we grew old and who would be fat and how we would stay thin. We talked about where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do," she told Glamour magazine of her relationship with him.

Last year Lea began dating aspiring actor Matthew Paetz, and the two currently live together in Los Angeles.

On his birthday earlier this year she praised Matthew for "for making me smile again and bringing such a bright joy into my every day"

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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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Glee star Lea Michele paid tribute to her late boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith with a touching Twitter post today.

Cory died of an accidental drug overdose in July 2013, between the fifth and sixth seasons of Glee, in which he also starred alongside Lea. He would have turned 33 today, and the actress marked what is no doubt a difficult date for her with a message on social media.

Sharing a picture of Cory sitting at a drum kit and smiling, Lea wrote, "I know you're serenading everyone right now.. We love you Cory! Happy Birthday…"

Lea and Cory had been dating for over a year when he passed away over two years ago, having met when they both began work on Glee in 2009. Their characters, Rachel and Finn, had an on-off relationship throughout the first four seasons of the show.

Back in February, Lea paid another quiet tribute to Cory as Glee wrapped filming on its final ever episode. Posting a picture of herself walking off the show's set carrying Finn's McKinley Titans football jersey, Lea simply wrote, "One more thing…"

The actress and singer remained out of the spotlight for several weeks following Cory's death, and later admitted she believed she had found The One with him.

"We were done. We were it. When you’re at that place in your life with someone, you talk about everything," she told Glamour UK of her relationship with the actor. "We talked about a lot of things. We talked about children and what we would look like when we grew old and who would be fat and how we would stay thin. We talked about where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do."

Last year Lea began dating aspiring actor Matthew Paetz, and now shares a home with him in Los Angeles.

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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Glee actress Lea Michele was the subject of new rumours today after she was pictured wearing a sparkler on her wedding finger.

The star was seen leaving Jimmy Kimmel's studio in Los Angeles on Wednesday night sporting a never-seen-before black and gold ring.

Interesting!

However although the 28-year-old actress has been officially dating boyfriend Matthew Paetz since last June, friends say it's unlikely the pair will be getting engaged any time soon. Lea is keen to finish up with Glee before she makes any life-changing decisions, such as agreeing to get married.

"She wants to fully love on from the show, have it end and then she would start considering engagement and marriage," a source said.

And with so many memories of Lea's late boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith connected to her work on Glee, the actress is reluctant to take things to the next level with Matthew any time soon. "She thinks that getting engaged while still on Glee would be a slap in the face to Cory Monteith. There is still too much emotion around," the insider revealed.

We're glad to see Lea is happy, and even more delighted that she's wise enough to take things slowly!

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Cory Monteith’s mum Ann McGregor, has spoken for the first time about the loss of her son.

Cory lost his battle with alcohol and drug addiction last July, when the Glee star was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver.

"The loss is horrendous … until three days ago I couldn't look at a picture of Cory. So there's been progress."

Ann reveals that she is still in touch with Lea Michele who was going out with Cory at the time.

"She’s hurting too … you see the sadness. I know her pain."

McGregor also revealed that her son had his first drug scare when he was just 15.

“Cory was 15, he did a code blue. I think that was the turning point. He had a lot of emotional things he was trying to figure out – a lot of it was he really wanted a relationship with his father. I think when a child gets invalidated they keep reaching even harder. They want to find out why."

The mother then offered advice to parents who were going through similar issues.

“I don't think we have power to change the choices they're making. I think with the kind of connection Cory and I had, if we couldn't prevent that situation, I don’t have the answer. What could I say to them? Live every moment. Grab the second."

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Today marks the one year anniversary of Cory Monteith’s death in a Vancouver hotel.

The 31-year-old died following an overdose of alcohol and heroin, and his dad is still mourning the loss of his son: “I still miss him very much and I still have the empty feeling.”

Joe Montieth was estranged from his son for most of his life, but a couple of years before Cory’s death, the father and son had begun to rebuild their relationship. However, despite their reconciliation, Joe didn’t get to go to his son’s funeral: “I didn’t get to go to his viewing, which would have meant a lot.”

However, Cory’s mum Ann McGregor got in touch with Joe recently: “I did receive an email from his mother a couple of days ago [and] in the near future she’s going to be sending me some of his stuff.”

While Cory and his dad seemed to be building bridges in the years before his death, Joe says they weren’t in touch when Cory went to rehab in March 2013: “The only thing I knew was through watching [the news].”

Today is bound to be a difficult day for Lea Michele aswell, Cory’s girlfriend at the time. The Glee star has recently been linked with aspiring actor Matthew Paetz, and Joe says he’s glad she is carrying on with her life: “She’s a beautiful young woman, she’s just getting to the top of her career and I don’t expect her to go out and do it alone. She should enjoy life. She had a good time when she was with Cory, from what I understand, but life’s gotta go on.”

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Today marks the one year anniversary of Cory Monteith’s death in a Vancouver hotel.

The 31-year-old died following an overdose of alcohol and heroin, and his dad is still mourning the loss of his son: “I still miss him very much and I still have the empty feeling.”

Joe Montieth was estranged from his son for most of his life, but a couple of years before Cory’s death, the father and son had begun to rebuild their relationship. However, despite their reconciliation, Joe didn’t get to go to his son’s funeral: “I didn’t get to go to his viewing, which would have meant a lot.”

However, Cory’s mum Ann McGregor got in touch with Joe recently: “I did receive an email from his mother a couple of days ago [and] in the near future she’s going to be sending me some of his stuff.”

While Cory and his dad seemed to be building bridges in the years before his death, Joe says they weren’t in touch when Cory went to rehab in March 2013: “The only thing I knew was through watching [the news].”

Today is bound to be a difficult day for Lea Michele aswell, Cory’s girlfriend at the time. The Glee star has recently been linked with aspiring actor Matthew Paetz, and Joe says he’s glad she is carrying on with her life: “She’s a beautiful young woman, she’s just getting to the top of her career and I don’t expect her to go out and do it alone. She should enjoy life. She had a good time when she was with Cory, from what I understand, but life’s gotta go on.”

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Cory Monteith warned Lea Michele to be careful when writing her new book, Brunette Ambition.

Lea’s boyfriend, who tragically passed away last July, had said to his girlfriend about her book: “You’ve got to be careful because you’re talking about someone.”

The warning came about when Lea decided to write about her best friend, Jonathan Groff coming out as a gay man.

Lea was speaking to Jonathan when she said: “I did write a lot in the book about you coming out to me and what that was like … I remember Cory telling me when he read the book, ‘You have to be … You’ve got to be careful because you’re talking about someone.”

Lea said that thanks to Cory’s helpful advice,  she actually “edited down that chapter a lot.”

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Yesterday cannot have been an easy day for the lovely Lea Michele as she celebrated what would have been Cory Monteith’s 32nd birthday.

The Glee star put all of the rumoured drama between herself and former co-star, Naya Rivera, behind her and took to her Twitter account to make the heartfelt tribute: “The biggest heart and most beautiful smile..In all of our hearts.. We love you so. Happy Birthday.”

Cory passed away last July from a heroin and alcohol overdose in Vancouver, Canada.

Lea really has proved herself to be a very strong and inspirational woman in this past difficult year.

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Lea Michele has been a picture of strength and composure during the last six months since the death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith.

Nobody would think any differently of the Glee star had she broken down or disappeared from public for a while considering the extent of her loss, but she’s continue to put on a brave face.

Since losing the love of her life, Lea has thrown herself into her work and her new album Louder, which is due for release in February.

Speaking about the album, Lea told Teen Vogue what Cory had said about her new career move: “You’re going to be a pop star! What are we going to do? Are we going to, like, go on the road?”

Lea also spoke about feeling Cory with her throughout her new life without him saying: “There’s something about knowing he’s watching everything I’m doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him”.

Lea Michele is definitely one strong and very inspirational woman.

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It looks like Lea Michele is ready to take 2014 head on.

The actress had a very rough 2013 after her Glee co-star and boyfriend, Cory Monteith, died from an overdose in July. The 27-year-old decided to end the year by taking a relaxing Christmas break in Mexico with her friend Jonathan Groff and it seems to have gone a long way in helping the healing process.

The star posted a photo of herself on her Instagram account looking tanned and relaxed as she enjoyed the Mexican sunshine. She captioned the photo: “What an amazing week in Mexico… New day. New year. #Bringit2014.”

She has previously admitted that while it has only been a few months since Cory’s death she believes that “there is an empowerment that comes with grief – at some point you find it. It’s very hard but you will find it, and I think at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this or you can choose to rise.”

It really is great to see Lea heading in such a positive direction and so determined to live life to the fullest.

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