Lea Michele 'Fiercely' Protected Cory Monteith

Sources say she tried her hardest to get him clean
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2013 10:49 AM CDT

Here's how TMZ describes it: Lea Michele "essentially controlled" boyfriend Cory Monteith, "[laying] down the law" when it came to things like his drug use—and has continued to do so after his death, taking over all the arrangements. But the gossip site seems to be a bit conflicted, because it also calls her Monteith's "very strong guardian angel" who "always had [his] back and tried protecting him as much as she could." Apparently he wasn't quite as adept at handling Hollywood as Michele, sources tell TMZ. The problem arose when he went to his "other life" in Canada, away from Michele, the sources add.

Before Monteith went to rehab earlier this year, Michele supposedly told him "Clean up or I’m out of here," Radar reports. Post-rehab, Michele had no idea Monteith had relapsed and was using heroin again, a source tells Us. In related news, TMZ assures us that Glee won't be canceled in the wake of Monteith's death. Writers had an emergency meeting yesterday to figure out how to move forward with his character's storyline. The show is even currently casting two new actors, E! reports. Meanwhile, Jane Lynch got teary on last night's Tonight Show, reports People. "He was a real bright light in our family, and we've lost a really great guy," she said. (Read more Lea Michele stories.)

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