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Lea Michele and Late Boyfriend Cory Monteith: How Long Had They Been Dating?

Heartbreaking update: On July 13, 2013, police confirmed that Cory Monteith had died of what some are speculating was a drug overdose at a hotel in Vancouver. He leaves behind his girlfriend, co-star Lea Michele. Our hearts go out to her, and to the entire Glee family, in this extremely difficult time.

’s Cory Monteith (Finn) once said that he’s “kind of always” had feelings for his co-star/girlfriend Lea Michele (Rachel). Yet though Cory and Lea had been playing love interests on Glee for four seasons, they’dactually been dating for a much shorter period of time.

The first reports of Lea and Cory’s blossoming romance came as recently as February 2012, when the two were spotted on a romantic Valentine’s date in Los Angeles.

"They were into each other all night," an eyewitness told Life and Style at the time. "She was very happy, flirting and touching Cory a lot. He just stared at her with puppy-dog eyes." Yet reps for Cory and Lea declined to respond when asked it the two were dating.

Of course, there had been rumors of a possible Cory-Lea romance ever since Lea ended things with her ex-boyfriend, Theo Stockman, in September 2011, but this Valentine’s Day dinner date was the first solid proof.

Over the next few months, the couple took plenty of trips together, including a romantic vacation in Cabo, but they didn’t display any actual PDA until May 2012 — when the two were spotted kissing at a hockey game in New York City.

Cory and Lea celebrated their one-year anniversary as a public couple in February 2013. That puts the total time of their relationship at a year and five months. This is truly heartbreaking.