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Lea Michele has had a tough year…she lost her boyfriend/Glee co-star Cory Monteith to a drug overdose in July. lea stopped by Ellen to promote her new single, “Cannonball” and opened up to Ellen about her loss. “I really feel like I’m still trying to figure out all of this. It’s been only a few months, but my mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me at one point, 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. And that’s what I’m just trying to do my best for him, because I know that that’s what he would have.”
Lea added, “It’s certainly been a pretty rough year, but I’ve been surrounded by such great people, such great family.” Hers parents have since relocated from New York to L.A. And it was Kate Hudson who opened up her home to Lea at her time of need. “All those rumors were so weird. And we were even calling each other being like, ‘This is so crazy!’ It’s so unbelievable what people can make up. Ninety percent of the stuff you read is completely fabricated, most of it. And she was so wonderful to basically give me her home to myself and my family. It was so helpful to just basically have a safe place to process and just have a minute to just breathe before getting back to my house, which just has a lot of memories and stuff, so being some place else to just have a moment was really nice. To have that time at her home to just really be in private with this for a moment before getting back to work and before going home, I’m just so thankful to her.”
“This grief goes with you every day, whatever you’re doing. There are great moments, hard moments, so I’d rather, for me, be at work with the people who I love that are going through it, and it obviously has its own triggers, but at the end of the day I feel so safe there. And like I said, they’re my family.”
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