Lea Michele and The Late Cory Monteith’s Romance — A Relationship Timeline
Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) are one of Glee’s most beloved couples, so it’s not too big a shock that fans hope for something romantically to develop between actors off-screen, as well.
Way before they ever started dating, fans had already dubbed the couple “Monchele” — you know, Monteith/Michele — and plenty of viewers were scouring the internet for any signs of real-life romance. Well, it may have taken the better part of three seasons, but Cory and Lea became an item!
Their love story was one of young Hollywood's best-known and though it ended with the sudden death of Cory in July 2013, fans will always treasure the romance that blossomed offscreen. Follow every moment in this detailed timeline from 2009 to today.
May 2009: Glee Season 1 premieres! Early 2010: Rumors fly that Lea might be dating Cory, or that she might be dating co-star Matthew Morrison (Will), who she knew previously when they both worked on Broadway. The Glee star firmly denied all accounts. "Every week I'm rumored to be dating a different Glee cast member,” she said at the time, “and it is hysterical, but none of us are dating each other, I will say that much."
February 2012: Cory and Lea are on! Eyewitnesses spot the two on a romantic Valentine’s date in Los Angeles. "She was very happy, flirting and touching Cory a lot. He just stared at her with puppy-dog eyes," an onlooker reports. So is the relationship official? Not so fast. Neither Cory nor Lea’s reps respond when asked for comment.
April 2012: Photographers snap Lea sporting a tiny black bikini on vacation in Mexico, with Cory chillin’ by the pool right alongside her. A sexy weekend trip to Cabo? That certainly doesn’t sound very platonic to us.
PDA alert! They’ve been an item for months, but Cory and Lea don’t engage in any sort of public displays of affection until May 16. On that fateful afternoon, the cute twosome walks happily down the street in NYC with their fingers interlocked. (OMG, they’re holding hands! So cute!)
Hand holding not enough for you? That very same day, Cory and Lea attend a hockey game in Madison Square Garden — and they had no problem locking lips in full view of anyone who might be in the crowd. They’re kissing in public now? Just look at how much things have changed.
June 2012: Time for another Canada trip! Eyewitnesses spotted Cory and Lea “touching each other and cuddling” during a lunch date at a Vancouver sushi restaurant. A week later, they reunited again for the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Los Angeles. Onlookers say the two “didn't leave each other's sides”the whole evening, and even “stole some kisses,” too.
January 2013: Remember that gold cursive "Rachel" necklace her character wears in the show? Lea gets one just like it, but hers is emblazoned with the name "Cory," instead! Way to keep him close to your heart at all times, Lea. Later that same month, Lea makes headlines when she refers to Cory as both her "celebrity crush" and her "best friend." How many girls can honestly say that they're dating their celebrity crush. Jealous.
February 2013: Cory and Lea are spotted cuddling at a concert early in the month. Then, on Valentine's Day, they celebrate the anniversary of the first time they were spotted together in public. Can you believe it's already been a year? But of course that's not all, there are sure to be plenty more cute moments to come from these two. We can’t wait to see where Cory and Lea’s love story will lead them in the future.
March 2013: Cory checks into rehab for treatment of substance abuse. It's the star's second visit to rehab; his first was at just 19. Lea immediately releases a statement in support of her boyfriend.