At just 26, two-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Lea Michele was faced with the monumental loss of her longtime boyfriend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith. Almost immediately, the media converged in on the Broadway veteran, and that’s when Michele turned to a famous friend for help.
"I called [Kate Hudson] and said, 'I don't know where I'm going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].' She was like, 'Oh, you're going to stay at my house.' Like it was nothing,” Michele said in the December issue of ELLE. “No one knew I was there. I'll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me."
Michele went on to say, “"I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life. Now that I am in this position, you can choose to rise, and that's what I'm going to try to do. I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people."
For the Spring Awakening original cast member, part of rising up and moving on is releasing her still-untitled debut solo album in which the song “You’re Mine” reminds her of her late paramour. “It makes me so happy, this song,” she said. “It makes me think so much of Cory. It was ours. When I think of him, I play this.”
Michele and the Glee gang return to FOX on November 7.