Lea Michele and Cory Monteith’s Relationship Remembered: A Tragic Ending
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 the tale of their not-so-happy ending.
On June 8, Cory makes his first red carpet appearance since rehab, a little over a month after leaving treatment. It’s at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, an event that he and Lea have attended before, and she’s there by his side the entire night.
In early June, co-star Matthew Morrison says he thinks that Cory and Lea “have what it takes to last,” and that he wants to sing at their wedding. Lea does a photoshoot for the cover of Marie Claire Mexico, and Cory stops by the set to surprise her.
Lea’s writing a part-memoir, part-advice book, and on June 20, she writes that two of the chapters will be on diet and relationships. Will she talk about her relationship with Cory?
Lea and Cory take a trip to NYC to visit Jonathan on the set of his Ryan Murphy movie, and they’re spotted holding hands and looking adorable at the airport on their way back home. The date is June 21.
On July 2, Lea goes to a Beyonce concert with her friend Stephanie, but Cory’s not there. On July 7, Cory tweets that he has “Paris” by Friendly Fires,“basically on repeat.” Its a song about a couple who wants to run away together to the City of Lights. On a plane headed Canada from Japan, Coryrecords a video for the daughter of a flight attendant’s friend. He tells her to “stay out of trouble and stay in school.”
Back from his trip to Japan, Cory he heads home to Canada to visit his mom and friends. It’s one last trip before he has to return to Los Angeles and begin filming Glee Season 5 that Monday, July 15. He has dinner with his agent on July 11, and she posts a photo of him on Twitter.
Lea hadn’t seen Cory since he left for Japan, and she almost learned the news of his passing on Twitter, along with the rest of the world. Thankfully, a friend who had been “desperate to reach her,” finally got a hold of her by phone at 10 p.m., just a half hour before the news broke. People reports that Lea was having a girl’s night with friends when she got the call, and that she "started screaming, she was distraught. No one knew what to say. It was horrible.”
Also that same day, Chord Overstreet hits a home run during a charity softball game and dedicates it to Cory. Matthew Morrison dedicates a song to him during a concert, calling Cory a “brother.”
On July 15, reports emerge that Cory had reportedly been "partying with his friends" at a "least one club" in Vancouver on the night of Friday, July 12. Hotel staff discovered his body the next day after Cory failed to check out of his room on time, and alcohol and substances were reportedly both present in his room.
A memorial for Cory springs up outside the Fairmont Pacific hotel, filled with flowers, cards, letters and stuffed animals. Darren Criss wears a black ribbonin honor of Cory at a screening for his film, Girl Most Likely.
Some wonder if Cory and Lea had been headed for a breakup, but reports say they were in love, planning to move in together as soon as he got back to L.A., and though they hadn’t talked about marriage yet, they seemed headed in that direction.
Lea’s in Vancouver, grieving with Cory’s mother. She visits the hotel where Cory died, but doesn’t get out of the car, and quickly drives off when she spots a photographer nearby. Cory’s cousin asks fans not to judge the results of his autopsy, saying Cory was a “beautiful person” and a “hero.” A celebrity addiction specialist stresses that addiction is a disease, and that even if a person tries very hard to fight it, they might ultimately lose that batter.
British Columbia Coroners Office releases it’s initial autopsy report, revealing that Cory died of "a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.” Based on previous reports, many had suspected cocaine, so news that it was heroin that killed Cory came as a surprise. The news is revealed in a YouTube video put out by the Coroners Office. His death was an accidental overdose. It was not a suicide, and there was no foul play involved.
On July 17, reports emerge that at Glee is definitely not getting cancelled after Cory’s death. Glee writers are meeting to decide how to write Cory’s character off the show (Finn’s away at college, so they could just never mention him again), or if they should have him pass away, too.
Dianna Agron releases a statement. “My heart goes out to his family, to Lea [Michele], to everyone that is struggling with the loss of our friend. We will miss you Cory. We will always carry a piece of you with us.”
Cory was actively involved with three charities, and fans rush to donate as a way to honor him. A clip is released of McCanick, the first of Cory’s two final films, both unreleased. He plays a drug addict in the film.
He also reveals that the show has decided to have Finn Hudson pass away, instead of just writing him off the show. Later that day, Harry Shum Jr. tweets a photo collage of Cory. That evening, Chord Overstreet performs a concert in L.A. Many Glee stars attend, and Chord dedicates a song to Cory. Pretty much everybody cries.
On July 21, Cory’s cousin, Richard, reveals that Cory’s mother will likely have the Glee star’s ashes scattered in various places that were important to him. Reports emerge a so-called “friend” of Cory’s in Vancouver is the one who gave him the heroin that night, but no follow-up information about this individual has yet come to light.
The song list for Glee’s Cory Monteith tribute is being kept tightly under wraps, but we already have plenty of ideas for which songs we would like to see. And by the way, the majority of fans say they’ll keep watching Glee. They’re not going to give up on it without Cory.
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Lea’s Marie Claire magazine is released, and the Glee star is quoted saying that Cory makes her life “so incredible.” Reports emerge that Cory had a big surprise planned for Lea’s birthday, August 29, but it’s unclear what that surprise was. Meanwhile, Lea is talking to Cory’s Vancouver friends, trying topiece together what happened in his final days.
It’s now been two week’s since Cory passesd, and Lea finally breaks her silence on Twitter. “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart,” she writes.
On July 30, the very first photos of Lea since Cory’s death emerge. The Glee star is seen sitting in the passenger seat of a friend’s car in Los Angeles, looking very somber. What’s more, she’s wearing her silver “Cory” necklace. Don’t mind us... our hearts just broke into a million pieces.
The next day, Matthew Morrison reveals that he called many of his co-stars the moment he heard that Cory had died, and that they all stayed up most of the night trying to process. Glee releases an emotional video clip to remember Cory.
On August 6, Lea posts the very first photo of Rachel Berry in Glee Season 5. It’s also revealed that when Lea first heard news of Cory’s death and needed to escape from the public eye, she camped out at (of all places!) Kate Hudson’s house. Cory’s friend Kevin Zegers opens up about the tragedy, saying that it’s been a “a heavy and weird month,” and calling addiction a “a f—king horrible disease.”
As people wonder what happened on Cory’s last night, report emerge saying that though Cory partied on the night of his death, he was with “sober friends” that evening.
On August 9, we get a truly heartbreaking story. According to the National Enquirer (so take this with a grain of salt), Cory’s mysterious big surprise for Lea on her birthday was that he planned to propose to her. Tears. Sobbing. Don’t mind us.
On August 23, we get our first look at Rachel in the episode... and she’s wearing a silver “Finn” necklace, just like the one that Lea has for Cory. It’s clear that she still misses him every day. On the 26th, we learn the title of Glee’s Cory tribute: “The Quarterback.” No doubt filming the episode is extremely emotional. In fact, Naya Rivera calls it the “worst week ever.” Everyone can’t stop marveling at how strong Lea is staying through all of this.
More spoilers trickle out about the Cory tribute. Apparently, some of the New Directions won’t take the news of Finn’s passing well, and some of them willbe in denial about it. On September 5, Glee release the first official promo of Season 5. And thank goodness, Rachel is smiling in it. But just in case you’re wondering, she won’t be getting a new love interest anytime soon.
Harry Shum Jr. assures us that the Cory tribute is beautifully done. The tracklist for the episode is currently still being kept under wraps, but we hear that at least one song will be something Finn has sung on Glee before.
On October 9, Lea gives her first interview since Cory’s passing. “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 says. “There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together, I consider myself very lucky.”