Lea Michele opens up about how she found love again after the death of Cory Monteith

How she found love with Matthew Paetz.

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by Maria Vallahis |

Two years ago, Lea Michele lost her Glee co-star boyfriend Cory Monteith, after he died from a lethal mix of drugs and alcohol, in July 2013.

The actress has now spoken about how her friends and colleagues helped her to get through her difficult time and how she was able to find love again.

Speaking in *Flare *magazine's October issue, Lea said: "I wanted to make sure that I was OK with me, feeling strong and feeling happy on my own. I didn't want anybody to fill any holes for me—that sounds sexual! I wanted to make sure that I was a whole person again and that no one was coming into my life to put me back together. I needed to do that on my own.

"I worked very, very, very hard and I got back to that place where I was genuinely happy and strong and ready to live again and see the world and, you know, bring in more beautiful experiences. And that's when someone miraculously came into my life."

Michele has been dating Matthew Paetz since last year.

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Hollywood actress Kate Hudson has also helped the actress, since Cory's tragic death.

And in addition to building on her acting and a music career, she goes on to tell the publication that she is publishing a self-help book aimed at women, You First: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life.

Lea's first self-help book.
Lea's first self-help book.

"I'm so proud of my success. I'm really proud of the life I've built and created for myself. I've kept my head on my shoulders to get to where I am," she adds.

"You're always going to run into critics. The only people I care about are the people that are close to me. It's a tough business, it's a tough town, and you really have to have a thick skin. I'm constantly learning, but I'm really proud of where I am."

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