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Aside from one random interview and a tearful acceptance speech at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, Lea Michele hasn’t been at all vocal about Cory Monteith’s death. And of course, the public has respected her wishes to keep it private, rightfully so. But Elle magazine snagged Lea as their December 2013 cover girl, and now, Lea’s letting it all out.

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Elle

First things first? Lea said that she’s not going to let her boyfriend’s death prevent her from living her life. She said:

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“I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life. Now that I am in this position, you can choose to rise, and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people.”

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And here, in a shocking turn of events, Lea also revealed the celebrity who was there for her during the hard first weeks/months of dealing with her loss. Any guesses? It was Kate Hudson! Kate, who plays Rachel Berry’s dance teacher at NYADA on Glee, explained that Kate let Lea stay by her when she needed a friend the most.

Fox

Fox

“I called [Kate Hudson] and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters]. She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there. I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”

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Elle’s December issue hits newsstands November 19, so be sure to pick up a copy to read the rest of Lea’s interview! Are you surprised that Lea and Kate are so close? Do you respect Lea for how she’s dealt with Cory’s death thus far? Tweet us @OKMagazine.

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