Lea Michele talks to Ellen about Cory Monteith! (@msleamichele)

rs_1024x759-131212052837-1024-LeaMichele-jc-ellen-1213Glee star, Lea Michele, visited the Ellen DeGeneres show on Thursday (Dec. 12) for her first TV appearance since the death of her late boyfriend Cory Monteith.

Lea told Ellen that she has been doing well and that, “it’s certainly been a pretty rough year, but I’ve been surrounded by such great people such great family.”

When Cory passed away, Lea turned to her friends and family for support.  Lea told Ellen Kate Hudson was a great friend during this difficult time, “Kate was so wonderful to basically give me her home to myself and my family.”

She continued,” It was so helpful to just basically have a safe place to process and to just have a minute to breathe before getting back to my house, which has a lot of memories and stuff. So, being some place else to just have a moment was really nice.”

Lea told Ellen that being at home is just as difficult as it is being at work. The only difference is the people she loves surround her and the people she calls her second family.  She needed to be around her co-stars because they are going through the exact same thing.

Lea and Ellen reminisced on a memory together of the time Cory stopped by the show.  Lea tells Ellen that it is one of her favorite memories. “I remember when he came home that night, he kind of puffed out his chest and he was like, ‘I talked about you on ‘Ellen’ today.’ I was so happy. He’s such a private person, and I literally lived every day of my life feeling like the luckiest girl in the whole world. I just thought he was the greatest man. And so, you know, at that moment, that memory, it just means so much to me.”

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