It's been two years since Cory Monteith's tragic passing, but his memory still lives on.
Especially so with former flame Lea Michele.
The actress gave a touching tribute to the Glee star on the second anniversary of his death just last month, but she also recently opened up about him to Flare magazine.
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In the October issue, the 28-year-old shared how she found love after Cory's death:
"I wanted to make sure that I was OK with me, feeling strong and feeling happy on my own. I didn't want anybody to fill any holes for me—that sounds sexual! I wanted to make sure that I was a whole person again and that no one was coming into my life to put me back together. I needed to do that on my own. I worked very, very, very hard and I got back to that place where I was genuinely happy and strong and ready to live again and see the world and, you know, bring in more beautiful experiences. And that's when someone miraculously came into my life."
Her current flame, Matthew Paetz, was just the guy!
The two have been going strong for over a year now, and we couldn't be happier for them.
As for everything else Lea has got going on in her life, including her role on Scream Queens, she shared:
"I think that the feminist message in Scream Queens is that girls are f–king badass. Ryan was saying the show is totally girl power. It's mainly a female cast, all of whom are incredibly talented, strong and successful women. But also, think of any scary movie: it's not the strong man that survives in the end; it's the girl. Girls are so much stronger than they know, and especially more than society makes them believe they are."
Of course, beyond the show, she also has a new self-help book in the works titled, You First: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life. And she continued to reveal:
"I'm so proud of my success. I'm really proud of the life I've built and created for myself. I've kept my head on my shoulders to get to where I am. You're always going to run into critics. The only people I care about are the people that are close to me. It's a tough business, it's a tough town, and you really have to have a thick skin. I'm constantly learning, but I'm really proud of where I am."
We're proud of you too, Lea!
Keep it up!
[Image via WENN.]
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