Cory Monteith's death hit all of us so hard and we didn't even know him, so what Lea Michele must have felt and is still feeling is very difficult for any of us to know.
In a lot of ways, I think it's important that when someone so close to you dies, you just have to throw yourself into normality and try to move on.
So it's great to see Lea and new beau Matthew Paetz together. For the first time in a while, Lea appears happy and to be enjoying herself to the fullest.
"Cory would love him too"
For us fans who only (unless you were freaking lucky) saw Cory on screen or in news articles, we dealt with our grief differently. Not knowing Cory the person meant we only knew his public persona, which is sort of one step away from who he actually was, that in turn makes him more of a timeless character rather than a real, vulnerable and mortal person.
It also meant that his relationship with Lea also had this idealized and timeless quality to it, which I think could be a reason why we are having a tough time getting over it and seeing Lea with someone new.
In an interview with Fempire Podcast, the Scream Queens star said the following:
“I love my fans. They’re incredible and they were really a part of my whole story and my whole journey with me, so I do come from a place of understanding, but it’s also really hard,”
“Every time I post a picture, then it’s just a landslide of comments that talk about my past and bring that back up, rather than projecting positivity. And even though — I don’t think anyone is projecting hate; it is positive, it’s nothing so, so terrible. But at the end of the day, we have to remember that what we put out there, it manifests and it creates energy.”
On the subject of Matthew, the model that she met on the set of the music video 'On My Way':
“Other people don’t know him, and they don’t know my private life, so I understand people are going to say whatever it is that they’re going to say, but as long as he and I are good, my family’s good, my friends are good, and we’re happy, that’s really all that matters.”