Lea Michele Talks About Late Boyfriend Cory Monteith in TV Interview

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By Jesselle Maminta | December 13, 2013 11:28 AM EST

Actress Lea Michele arrives as a guest at the 20th anniversary of ELLE Women in Hollywood event in Los Angeles CREDIT: REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Lea Michele opens up on a talk show for the first time since the death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith. 

The Glee actress appeared in The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday and the latter caught up with the former, especially that it has been five months since Monteith's demise. 

'It's certainly been a pretty rough year, but I've been surrounded by such great people, such great family,' says the actress, adding further that her parents are moving from New York to Los Angeles

Michele also debunked rumors of an alleged rift between her co-cast members and Kate Hudson who did a guest appearance on "Glee." In fact, she offered her home to Michele and her family when she was mourning for Monteith's loss.

'(S)he was so wonderful to basically give me her home to myself and my family,' tells Michele further. 'It was so helpful to just basically have a safe place to process and just have a minute to just breathe before getting back to my house, which just has a lot of memories and stuff, so being some place else to just have a moment was really nice.'

She also laments on being hounded by the paparazzi at the time of her mourning. 'If you smile it's like, 'She's so happy!' and if you look sad, they're like, 'She's terrible.' It's just really hard.'

Michele recounts the day executive producer Ryan Murphy visited her in Hudson's house to talk about going back to work, and opting to do it sooner. 

'What people also don't understand is that going to work is no harder than being at home and being in the house and opening up a closet and seeing a pair of shoes. There's this is grief goes with you everyday [with] whatever you're doing-when there are great moments, when there are hard moments-so I'd rather be at work with the people who I love that are going through it.'

Meanwhile, Michele also talks about her album "Louder," which was supposed to be released last summer but was postponed. 

'I'm really happy because Cory got to hear all but two songs on the record and he had notes all the time when I would come home and play him a song,' says Michele. 'We would sit in the car and listen to it because it had the best sound system.' 

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