Credit: Frazer Harrison/Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Photo: Lea Michele Poses With Boyfriend Cory Monteith at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards on January 27, 2013

Lea Michele’s (Rachel) birthday this year is sadly going to be much different than it seemed that it would be as of earlier this month. In fact, boyfriend Cory Monteith (Finn) was reportedly planning a big surprise for her birthday prior to his sudden death on July 13.

Lea turns 27 on August 29, and she had told friends that Cory already started planning a special celebration for her big day, according to Us Weekly. "She didn't know what," a source says. "But she thought it could be a party and possibly a trip somewhere."

Wow, this is tough to hear. And we can imagine that knowing Cory was already looking forward to spending her birthday with her will make the actual day that much harder to enjoy for Lea.

Lea and Cory spent his 31st birthday together on May 11, following Cory’s return from rehab at the end of April. They enjoyed a formal night out with friends in West Hollywood, with Cory even rocking a black suit for the occasion.

“A very happy birthday to the best guy I know, Mr. @CoryMonteith :)” Lea tweeted to Cory on his birthday this year. “Thanks for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world every day.xo”

Even though Cory is no longer with us, we’re sure Lea’s many friends will make sure she has a great day planned for her birthday next month.

Source: Us Weekly