Lea Michele and Cory Monteith’s Relationship Remembered: Secret Romance
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 rumors of their real-life relationship first started.
It’s September 2011, and Lea has just revealed that she and her Broadway star boyfriend, Theo Stockman, have broken up. She and Cory are now both single for the first time since they started working together on Glee two years ago. But does that mean they’ll start dating in real life? Only time will tell.
Glee releases a Christmas album, but sadly, there’s no Finchel duet. Oh, but this is cute. Cory and Lea sit next to each other at a Glee panel.
In November, the still newly-single Lea takes her best friend, Jonathan, as her date to the Glamour awards. On November 25, Lea tweets a photo with two male co-stars... but neither of them is Cory. Lea and Cory might both be single, but that doesn’t mean any sparks are flying off-set.
Oh wait, just kidding! Only three days later, a seemingly harmless photo from the set of Glee’s Christmas episode starts rumors that Cory and Lea may have started dating in real life. It’s a photo of Damian McGinty and Jenna Ushkowitz, but Cory and Lea can be seen in the background, and they’re looking very coupley.
The photo later gets mysteriously deleted, sparking a flurry of rumors that Cory and Lea might be secretly dating. It’s every Glee fan’s dream, but we’re still not convinced it’s real. Who’s to say we’re not just seeing what we want to see?
In January, we hear that Glee Season 3 Episode 10 will be called “The Proposal” (the name is later changed to “Yes”/”No”) and speculation immediately started that Finn might be about to propose to Rachel. Then Lea tweets she and Cory were filming a “very epic #Finchel scene.”
Spoiler alert... it looks like Rachel said “yes.” Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk tweets a photo of Lea in costume as Rachel and wearing an engagement ring! More engagement ring photos soon emerge.
At the January 15 Golden Globes awards, Lea and Cory walk the red carpet together for the first time. They’re posing for photos together, and his hand’s even on her waist. This is suspiciously couple-y behavior for two single people, but it’s also possible that Lea and Cory are simply playing up on fan excitement about their character’s recent engagement.
Oh, no big deal. Just Cory and Lea chillin’ in bed together on set. But then, at the January 29 Screen Actor’s Guild awards, Lea takes Jonathan as her date, not Cory. Does this mean that Monchele (Monteith + Michele) isn’t a real thing, after all? Le sigh.
Finn and Rachel officially get engaged in the Michael Jackson tribute. Cory calls the accompanying song “incredible.” Hold on a second, though. Are they getting married already? Lea tweets that Rachel is wearing a wedding dress in the Regionals episode, and the New Direction girls are dressed as bridesmaids.
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Just after Valentine’s Day 2012, Life and Style magazine prints the story that makes the dreams of a billion Glee fans suddenly come true. Lea and Cory were spotted on a romantic Valentine’s date. He “stared at her with puppy-dog eyes" all night, and at one point, even fed her spaghetti. We’re picturing a perfect Lady and the Tramp moment, and we couldn’t be happier.
A week later, the new couple goes on a snowy vacation to his Canadian hometown of Vancouver. But while Monchele is just starting to heat up, Finchel is rapidly cooling down. After Regionals, Finn and Rachel decide to postpone their wedding. Still, there’s no doubt that Finchel and Monchele share a ton of similarities.
In May, the Glee cast attends the FOX Upfronts, and it’s clear that Lea and Cory are spending time together at the event. On May 17, we get our very first instance of PDA: Lea and Cory are photographed holding hands in NYC. Think that’s a lot? Later the same day, photographers catch them sharing a kiss during a hockey game. Yes. Cory and Lea just kissed. In public. Still not convinced they’re dating?
Once again, though, advances in Lea and Cory’s relationship seem to go hand-in-hand with problems in Rachel and Finn’s. In the Season 3 finale, Rachel moves to NYC alone, and leaves Finn behind in Ohio.
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Glee celebrates its 4-year anniversary. It’s crazy to think how much Lea and Cory have changed since then.
On October 15, Cory and Lea hold hands at the premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum. It’s so different from when they attended last year’s premiere solo. Up next, Lea goes solo at an ELLE Women in Hollywood event.