Glee star, Lea Michele made her first major talk show appearance after the July death of her boyfriend and Glee co-star, Cory Monteith, on the Ellen Degeneres Show.
After Cory’s death, Lea took shelter with Glee guest star, Kate Hudson. In the early days following the tragedy, Glee co-creator, Ryan Murphy, approached Lea about how to move forward with the series. She wanted to go back to work as soon as possible.
“I said I have to go back to work. We have to do this is, they’re my family and 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,” Lea said about her co-stars.
“Grief goes with you everyday, whatever you’re doing. When there are great moments, [there are] hard moments so I’d rather, for me, be at work with the people who I love that are going through [it] and it obviously has it’s own triggers, but at the end of the day I feel so safe there. And like I said, they’re my family.”
After, Lea performed her new single, the female empowerment anthem (that’s a thing these days) “Cannonball,” written by Sia. You may recognize the background singer on the far right. She’s Felicia Barton from the American Idol season 8 Top 36. The singer has been tweeting about collaborating with Lea on her album, Louder, set to come out on March 4.