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Lea Michele on Cory Monteith's death: 'I need to show people that you don't have to lose yourself'

Songstress and actress Lea Michele has given an exclusive interview to ELLE magazine about the death of her 'Glee' co-star and real-life boyfriend, Cory Monteith

He was found dead back in July and toxicology reports confirmed that he passed away from an alcohol and heroin overdose, and Michele has now revealed that it was an incredibly tough experience to go through and she hopes that in time she might be able to help people in similar situations:

"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."

"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 beauty added that Kate Hudson, who played her university teacher on the hit U.S. musical drama series, was very supportive following Monteith's death and even let her stay at her house in order to avoid the press camped outside of her own residence:

"I called her 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. She let my family stay there, and any of my friends. She made sure that in the refrigerator were my favorite juices. I'll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me."






Watch Michele's emotional acceptance speech from the 2013 Teen Choice Awards below: