Lea Michele, perhaps best known as Rachel Berry from Glee, has revealed her final words to the late Cory Monteith, whom she was dating prior to his death from a heroin overdose last year. She says her song, If You Say So, are about her last words to Monteith.
She says she was grateful that she was able to tell Monteith that she loved him prior to his passing. Monteith and Michele not engaged when he died in July 2013 at the age of 31, but Michele says they had a future planned together where they would ultimately settle down and have a family together. The pair met on the Glee set, where Monteith played jock Finn Hudson and Michele was Broadway hopeful Rachel Berry. When the co-stars began dating in 2012, the romance between them was clear. Michele was on holiday with some girlfriends when she learned that Monteith had died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol, just months after a stint in rehab.
Now, Michele notes that she is feeling a little bit more like herself after his death and that yoga helped her put her mind back to a peaceful state. She notes that, “Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people.”
As she gears up for the release of her first album, Louder, which drops March 4, she is also continuing to film regularly for Glee as the series approaches its sixth season. She wrote If You Say So about that final conversation she had with Monteith, and notes that there are things everyone wants to say to the person who has died that they never were able to say.
In revealing her final words to Cory Monteith, Michele also says that she has not even thought about the idea of romance since her love’s passing. She says she wants to ensure she is completely all right prior to embarking on another relationship, and understands that Monteith would not have wanted for her to mourn forever, or to spend her life alone. She hopes to see that same understanding from her fans.
Billboard has given her debut album a 72 rating, and Michele has expressed her delight at how the album turned out. It is certainly a departure from Michele’s usual fare of Broadway hits and covers of pop hits – her bread-and-butter when performing on Glee. Billboard says that the disc is a solid first outing for the actress-turned-singer.
If You Say So, according to Billboard, is the most personal and the most devastating track on the album, largely because of the personal influence that Michele has lent to the song. Michele says that the album as a whole represents a piece of her life that she can finally share with the general public.
In sharing her final words to Monteith, Lea Michele has given fans a heartrending ballad that will no doubt have many fans reaching for their tissues. News that the couple had spoken of starting a family will only heighten that emotional influence.
By Christina St-Jean