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Since his passing on July 13, Cory Monteith’s death has been felt by millions worldwide. Perhaps the hardest hit was his girlfriend, Glee co-star Lea Michele, and on the eve of the actor’s tribute episode, Lea is finally breaking her silence to the press.

“Everyone is asking: ‘Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?’, but the truth is it’s no harder at work than it is in life, so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together,” Lea told TV Week Australia.

According to Lea, the tribute episode was an organic thing — and was something that just felt right. “For me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn,” Lea added. “We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him. It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic.”

And as for her relationship with Cory, be it romantic or professional, Lea isn’t taking any moment for granted. “I woke up every single day feeling like I was in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life,” she told the publication. “There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together, I consider myself very lucky.”

Where are our tissues? Major therapy will be needed after Thursday’s tribute episode.

What do you think about Lea’s first interview after Cory’s passing? Hit the comments and get out your feels.

Carson Blackwelder is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!


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