Lea Michele’s life changed four years ago when her co-star and boyfriend Cory Monteith passed away from an accidental overdose. Now, the actress is using her music to pay tribute to the actor and honour his memory.
Lea has revealed that the song “Hey You,” off of her sophomore album Places, is about the Vancouver native.
During an interview with PrideSource, the 30-year-old referred to the beautiful ballad as part two of ‘If You Say So,” a heartbreaking song from her 2014 debut album that reminisced about the last conversation she shared with Cory before his sudden death in July 2013.
The former Scream Queens star also confessed that the track was not supposed to be on the final cut of the album due to its very personal subject matter, but she changed her mind. “I wasn’t originally thinking of including that on the album. It’s sort of a sensitive subject for me that’s hard to talk about,” said Lea, adding that in the end she decided to put the song on the record because “it felt so beautiful,” and believes that the song represents “everything that [she’s] been through in [her] life.”
Lea also mentioned that she wants fans to hear the song as a celebration of the late Glee star’s life, as opposed to focusing on his painful death. “It wasn’t about loss. It wasn’t about sadness. It was really about joy and love!”
This isn’t the first time that Cory’s death has inspired Lea’s music. She revealed to Billboardthat a book she received from Stevie Nicks shortly after Cory’s death helped her during the writing process for Places. Lea also noted that she wanted to create great music for her fans and make an album that “connect[ed] to her and where [she’s] from.”