Lea Michele and Glee’s Rachel: Handling Cory Montieth and Finn’s Deaths The Same Way?
Lea Michele has been living under a microscope the past four months. After her boyfriend Cory Monteithpassed away suddenly this July, there’s been a lot of public interest in how Lea’s doing. The same goes for Glee fans and their interest in her alter-ego, Rachel. The show has now aired a couple of new episodes since Finn’s death was announced, and we’re starting to get a picture of how Rachel’s been handling her boyfriend’s passing.
As it turns out, Lea and Rachel are dealing with the death of their loved one in very similar ways.
For Lea, having to go to work on the set of Glee everyday cannot be easy. It’s the place where she and Cory met; where they fell in love. Everywhere she goes, she must see constant reminders of him.
In Episode 4, Glee’s Rachel commented on just how difficult it had been to sing Funny Girl’s “My Man” all day. “Oh, my man, I love him so, he'll never know / All my life is just despair, but I don't care / When he takes me in his arms/ The world is bright, all right...” It’s a constant memory of the love she once had, but then suddenly lost.
Rachel, too, is leaning heavily on her GBF to help get through the pain of losing a loved one. She and Kurt were almost inseparable in Season 5, Episode 5: Talking, getting tattoos, and otherwise just being together, trying to process the loss of a man they both cared for so dearly.
6. Both Want Privacy
Though Rachel has opened up to Kurt, it’s clear that she doesn’t want to share her struggles with everyone. Even though Rachel got a tattoo to remember Finn, she didn’t tell anyone — and even lied to Kurt about it.
Similarly, Lea has stated that “this whole journey” is very “personal.”She says there are things that the public is just “not invited to know.” Lea says that she and Cory “had a full life,” and with that, there are many “different details that will be ours forever, for only us to know."
Beth Douglass is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. She's our resident Glee expert and loves celebrity kids. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!