Lea Michele Talks Life After Cory in Seventeen April 2014: "You Can’t Get Away From Grief"

Posted Tuesday March 4, 2014 11:20 AM GMT

Her hit television series "Glee" announced it's ending this fall, and now Lea Michele opens up about the big finale.

In the April 2014 issue of Seventeen magazine, the 27-year-old singer/actress opened up about her relationship with Cory Monteith and revealed her big plans after "Glee" is finished.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Michele's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Seventeen!

On "Glee":
"[The Glee cast] is the greatest group of people I have ever met in my entire life! We all lost Cory. I didn’t think for one minute that being away from them was what I wanted. Being on the set of Glee is no more difficult than being at home and finding [Cory's] slippers under the bed. We had a life and a job together—it goes with you everywhere you go, you can’t get away from grief. So I might as well be surrounded by the people I love and get to lean on them."

On "Glee's" spin-off ideas:
“Let’s do it. I think it could be Rachel living in New York and working on Broadway!”

On her boyfriend Cory:
"I only have happy memories of Cory. He was not his addiction – unfortunately, it won. But that wasn’t who he was. Cory made me feel like a queen every day. From the minute he said, ‘I’m your boyfriend,’ I loved every day, and I thank him for being the best boyfriend and making me feel so beautiful."

On her body confidence:
“I’m very comfortable with my own body. I come from Broadway – everybody’s naked on Broadway. I like to think of myself as more granola. I’m not going to run around naked or anything like that unless I’m at my own home. Today, I walked into my backyard and was standing out there naked for a while. Don’t tell: My neighbors will freak out!”

On her album Louder:
"My album is coming out on March 4th—which is bizarre, like it's meant to be. Just think about it: we're going to 'March fo(u)rth.' We're going to march forth like a 'Cannonball'. I try my best to march forth and live my life as best as I can for me. I also feel an incredible, happy responsibility to keep the memory and light of [Cory, who] was the most amazing person. I’m so happy to make it my journey now to continue on and live my life as best as I can."

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