USMagazine, Sunday, November 3, 2013, 10:55am (PST)
Lea Michele continues to reflect on the death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith, and is now revealing an A-list friend who significantly helped following the tragedy -- Kate Hudson. In a new interview with Elle for its December issue, the 27-year-old actress is revealing how the Glee guest star was one of the first phone calls she made after hearing of the Canadian actor's untimely death.
"I called her and said, I don't know where I'm going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters]," Michele reveals in the issue about Hudson. "She was like, 'Oh, you're going to stay at my house.' Like it was nothing."
Hudson, 34, also opened up her home to Michele's extended family. "She let my family stay there, and any of my friends. She made sure that in the refrigerator were my favorite juices," Michele says. "I'll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me."
Monteith died in July at the age of 31 from a "mixed drug toxicity" consisting of heroin and alcohol, and its something Michele continues to deal with every day. "Now that I'm in this position, you can choose to rise, which is what I'm going to try to do," Michele admits.
"It's very hard and you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don't have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort."
She continues: "I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people. I don't know if I will. I don't know how."
The Bronx native and Monteith confirmed they were dating in early 2012, but Michele is now just coming forward about when the romance really began to spark. In the issue, the brunette beauty admits that the two briefly dated at the beginning of the FOX series, but "no one really caught on" at the time.