Lea Michele clearly has had a very up and down year. Her boyfriend, Glee costar Cory Monteith, died of a drug overdose. And she also has just released her first solo album. Much of the album was inspired by Cory. Lea is just now beginning to speak out about her relationship with him -- and it's clear she is taking the high road and choosing to remember all of the good things about him and their relationship rather than focusing on the demons that overtook him. She told Seventeen magazine: "He was not his addiction -- unfortunately, it won."
Giving us a major glimpse into what their relationship was like, she says:
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.
She reminds us of something very important. The person with an addiction isn't just an addiction. Cory, like anyone else with an addiction, was also a human being who loved, who was a good friend, who was a good son, a good partner. Those are the things that Lea, as well as Cory's friends and family, have said over and over they would like everyone to remember.
And how sweet that he said "I'm your boyfriend." He sounded so proud of it. It sounds like they had a really amazing relationship -- which just goes to show you that someone can have everything, a great relationship, a career most people would be so happy to have, and still their addiction can have a strangehold on them.
As for her album, it turned out much more "emotional and dramatic" than she was planning, which is understandable, given the circumstances. Her first song, "If You Say So," contains the last words Cory ever said to her.
It's really tragic that these two were torn apart by addiction at what seemed to be the height of their love.
Have you ever had a loved one struggle with addiction?
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