Lea Michele and Cory Monteith’s Relationship Remembered: They’re Finally Together!
Glee’s Lea Michele and Cory Monteith were costars first, but as they spent years together playing love interests, a real life romance began to develop. We've compiled a detailed timeline of their relationship in four parts.This is when their real-life relationship finally became official.
During an Ellen DeGeneres show appearance on December 6, Cory finally confirms what Glee fans have known for 10 whole months, but nobody had ever officially confirmed: He and Lea are dating. “We are. Of course we are.” He grins sheepishly. We melt.
Soon after, Lea asserts that she “can’t even remember” life before dating Cory. 1. We can remember it just fine (see previous two timelines) 2. Ouch. That’s kind of harsh for her ex, Theo, don’t you think?
On January 9, Lea looks bright and sunny in yellow at another FOX party. She again asserts that Rachel is “meant to be” with Finn, and then calls Cory both her celebrity crush and her best friend. Too cute. Her best friend Jonathan says Cory and Lea are “really wonderful people” and “a great couple.”
On January 17, Lea steps out wearing a silver necklace with Cory’s name on it. Rachel Berry wears a similar necklace with her own name on it, so we love how Lea’s turned it around and made the necklace all about Cory.
But when asked if he’s ready to have babies with Lea, Cory holds back. “I don’t think yet, but I’m too young,” he says. Lea thinks Finn and Rachel are too young to have babies, too. Finn and Rachel hook up at Will and Emma’s wedding, but that doesn’t mean that their characters will to get back together.
In February, they watch the Super Bowl together (remember how she was with Theo during last year’s Super Bowl?), and then head out to see a movie afterwards. Later that month, the two are spotted going to a Tegan and Sara concert. Cory later gushes that he “wouldn’t change a thing” about working with Lea.
Oh, fun fact: Rachel’s new boyfriend, Brody, works as an escort on the side. Obviously, no one is pleased. Finn actually makes the trip all the way from Ohio to beat Brody up and defend Rachel’s honor. In the process, he refers to Rachel as his “future wife.” So even though Finn and Rachel aren’t together right now, it seems like they probably will be in the end. Lea and Cory both take to Twitter to react to the episode. Soon after, Finn heads off to college to pursue a teaching career.
Here’s where things take a turn south. On March 31, it’s revealed that Cory has checked into rehab for substance abuse issues. The news comes as a shock. Fans knew that Cory had struggled with alcohol and drugs in the past, but that all seemed so far behind him.
But the Glee star had been to rehab once before, about 10 years ago, and said on Inside the Actor’s Studio that his problem with drugs and alcohol began at about age 12, and that his mother and friends staged an intervention at age 19. Now, at age 30, he had checked into rehab for a second time.
Cory received treatment at the Betty Ford in California, after an intervention by the Glee cast that Ryan Murphy later revealed was spearheaded by Lea. He then transferred to the Crossroads Centre, a drug and alcohol addiction rehab on Antigua.
On May 11, Lea throws Cory a big formal birthday party back in Los Angeles. The now 31-year-old star even gets all dressed up in a suit for the occasion.
A few days later, the Glee cast turns out for the FOX Upfronts, but Cory, just out of rehab, was still taking time off from work. On May 17, he’s Cory spotted leaving a local Lions club, where AA meetings are held.
After the Oklahoma tornadoes wreak devastation, Cory tweets to encourage people to donate. On May 21, Cory and Lea are seen getting pancakes together in L.A. There’s no doubt that Cory has been through a lot, but his life seems to be getting back to normal. Sigh. If only this story could have a happy ending...