At only 26 years old, Lea Michele had her life figured out.
She had found the man of her dreams, and they already had their future—and their entire lives—planned together. But then, on July 13, her plans were cut short when her boyfriend Cory Monteith tragically died at age 31 of a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol.
And now, the Glee beauty is opening up about the life she envisioned—and the new reality she now must embrace.
“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,” she told UK’s Glamour magazine. “We were done. We were it. When you’re at that place in your life with someone, you talk about everything.”
While she had to deal with the incredible heartbreak following his death, Lea added that she has a lot to be grateful for as well.
“Today I feel like I was given the best part of Cory,” she told the fashion mag.
The now 27-year-old recently revealed it was music that helped her heal in the wake of the tragedy of losing someone so close to her. On her upcoming album, Louder, she has several songs about Cory and their romance, including “Cannonball,” “You’re Mine” and “If You Say So.”
“[Music] is therapy,” she told E! News on Feb. 27. “It gives you whatever it is you need in that moment, and it’s really been the greatest medicine for me.”
Now that she has started to heal, she has been forced to consider her new future—one without Cory.
“I feel like it’s so important to make sure that I’m 100-percent okay before I can get into a relationship. But people have to understand that I can’t be alone forever,” Lea told Glamour. “Cory wouldn’t want that.”