• Mon, Oct 14 - 12:44 pm ET

These Photos Lea Michele Posted Will Make You Buy Into The Fakelationship Rumors

 

I’m already bracing myself for the hate mail I’m going to receive from Lea Michele fans who (maybe rightfully) think I’m the worst, but I need to express an opinion, and I’m sorry if you take it the wrong way — Lea Michele needs to get herself a better publicist. Right now. Or at least hold off from posting photos from her sexy album cover shoot as if her life is completely back to normal.

I know that everyone mourns in their own way, and it’s very likely that things behind the scenes are very different from the way they seem in real life, but the manner in which Lea  is publicly handling the death of Cory Monteith is extremely confusing to me. It’s like she either doesn’t have a publicist, or if she does have one, they’re encouraging her to end the mourning period and move on to taking advantage of the publicity.

There have been a ton rumors and blind items suggesting that these two were in a fakelationship before his death, but I never really believed them until now. Right after Cory’s death was announced, I was really impressed with the way Lea was handling everything — I thought her speech at the Teen Choice Awards was completely perfect, not to mention devastating, and I was struck by her bravery at being able to return to Glee even though though Cory’s absence would be glaring. She mostly stayed off of Twitter except for one tweet on July 29th in which she thanked her fans for their support, and mostly stayed under the radar with her friends and family, recovering. Everything about that reaction seemed real to me, and I felt deeply compassionate for such a tragic, impossible situation.

But then suddenly, abruptly, it felt like the mourning period was over, even though his death was only three months ago yesterday. Cory is never mentioned on Lea’s Twitter, except for one tweet the night his tribute episode aired, she’s started heavy promotion for her upcoming album, and she’s said that she feels like she lost two people instead of one because she’s considering Finn Hudson a loss, as well. Not the most respectful to the memory of her boyfriend, if you think about it, comparing his loss to the loss of a fictional character.

And speaking of thinking about it, the more I thought about it, the more I wondered how Lea was possibly able to return to filming a show where she starred opposite a man she was supposedly dating — a man she was supposedly close to getting engaged to. On a certain level, it’s impressive that she’s professional enough to return to set, but if she wants to continue the narrative of the two of them being a real couple before his death and not a fakelationship, then I don’t think this is the way to go about it.

And like I said, the newest thing to make me feel uncomfortable about the handling of this situation is the sexy photos that Lea posted to Instagram of a recent album cover shoot, complete with exclamation points and smiley faces. Even if she’s trying to cover up the way she’s feeling and put on a brave face, it’s only been three months, y’know? The world is still looking to you for your reaction to this tragedy, and I imagine it’s pretty confusing for people (myself very much included) when your reaction is to plug your upcoming projects and to seem completely untroubled about the extremely recent death of your boyfriend.

Again, I know I’ll take a ton of heat for this opinion, but I can’t imagine I’m the only one feeling this way. No matter if the relationship was real or fake, or if she’s mourning or trying to capitalize on the publicity, I think Lea needs to get someone on this situation right away. Because the way she’s currently handling it is giving me some serious fakelationship vibes that I didn’t have before, and making all those blind items about her trying to cut ties so that she’s not bound to his memory forever really make sense.

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  • epicgleetumblr

    All I’ll say about this is that if you’re( in general not just who wrote this article) basing even a little bit of your dislike for Lea on how she’s handling Cory’s death by bringing in other gossip that has no confirmation, like her and Cory being ‘close’ to being engaged – then that says all I need to know. If you want to make a point – make it. But don’t bring in other gossip from unreliable sources that have no proof what’s so ever to prove any of the statements they made and now that you’re making. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I won’t go about defending someone who doesn’t need defending. But questioning how someone is grieving, someone you don’t know, by using facts that have not be proven – doesn’t exactly sell your point – it actually discredit its. People don’t like Lea – its that simple – but that’s there own choice. I just don’t understand also basing your own dislike on ‘facts’ that haven’t been proven or are proof of anything. Lea has never tweeted a lot about Cory, not since they started dating. Anyone who thinks that was suddenly going to change once Cory passed, is surprising to me. Twitter is never the forum to express the most important emotions one feels – some people do and sometimes Lea has but to for anyone to think she was going to openly grieve Cory over twitter, is kinding themselves. She’s kept her relationship with Cory private for 2 years – they were known in public but she hardly ever shared anything personal.

    I was linked to this site from a follower and I hesitated to read yet again another article bashing Lea and how people think she should be handling Cory’s death and apparently her career. I think Alexis went about this entry in an entirely respectful way and its nice to see actual Lea fans asking questions instead of accusing her of being a hateful person (to be fair I haven’t read every comment and I am sure someone will correct me). I don’t have any desire to read people disagreeing with Lea’s personal or professional choices, the truth is people don’t need any more of a reason other then, ‘I just don’t like her’ to attack Lea and really any other celebrity.

    While I don’t agree with a lot that was written, especially considering some of this entry was based on other gossip sites that have no proof for what they claim, this was a personal entry written by someone. She took an adult approach to the situation – agree or disagree with what is being said – she wasn’t making crazy accusations without a stitch of proof, like some sites seem to be doing.

    Also people need to stop assuming that by Lea tweeting she’s ‘moving on’, I don’t understand how that proves anything. Life unfortunately keeps going on and on and she has a career she is still building. More then that, her career was never part of Cory’s life just like his career wasn’t part of her’s. They were in a personal relationship to make judgements on how she’s handling her career in terms of how she’s respecting Cory or grieving, isn’t a judgement call for us to make. Her career is separate from her personal life. And unfortunately this business is still moving and still wanting to sell. Lea has a contract to release her album – that doesn’t stop, songs are recorded and its time to keep moving. But that doesn’t define her feelings about Cory and to base any sort of conversation on that is silly and incredibly misguided given that we know what she does for a living.

  • lea

    maybe you should watch glee and you might actually grow a heart!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I tried that. Didn’t work past the first season.

  • Holly

    You know what? I hope she is and does promote herself and her album like crazy. I hope she uses all this new attention as much as possible and gets as much out of it as she can. You know why? Because, even though not intentional, that guy royally fucked her over when he went and got himself killed and left her on her own with a ton of shit to deal with. He wasn’t considering her when he took drugs so why should she consider him when it comes to promoting her work? He’s not even here to care.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      You’re right that it was irresponsible of him to use drugs, but addiction is an illness and I think part of the reason it goes unaddressed is because of the stigma it carries in the media.

    • Holly

      I know his addiction was an illness – that’s what I meant when I said
      unintentional. I don’t think he would for a second have intended to hurt
      himself or anyone else. Still, his illness screwed up her life too.

      All these extra people that are watching her since his death have been
      watching her because they want to know about her pain and heartbreak. They don’t care about her or Cory. They’re just curious about the celebrity with the dead boyfriend. If the public’s morbid need to observe someone else grieving gets her a few extra sales of her album then good for her.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I don’t love your attitude about it.

  • 1234

    Fakelationship is a stupid word. Most people have been using PRomance.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Either/or works for me!

  • js2002

    I think you, like those blind items, have learned that by writing these type of baseless nonsense articles about lea michele, it brings in a ton of attention and site hits from her fans.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      It’s certainly not baseless. It’s based on my own interpretation of her actions.

  • sailer09

    I just lost my father 6 days ago and people I do not know, the public, would have no idea. I grieve in private, with my boyfriend, friends and family. I do not need an abundance of people to know and constantly commenting on it, it makes me uncomfortable. I feel bad that Lea is not afforded that opportunity. To grieve without judgement.
    I have to go back to work tomorrow, as Garrett stated about Lea, to do my job. Does that mean that I don’t miss my Dad or that Lea doesn’t miss Cory? Not in the slightest. I will not be making public remarks about him constantly on facebook, twitter or instagram either. That time, those moments, are for me. I do not need to share them publicly to make them “real”.

    I hope that Lea is remembering him privately, on her terms, and putting on a brave face for the rest of the world. She has contractual obligations to live up to and a large part of that is publicity. Losing someone is a terribly hard and painful experience. There is no right way to deal with it, this is hers.

  • Dave

    Hmmm I understand everything clearly now, Lea Michele breathes it becomes a problem, Lea Michele is smiling it’s a problem, Lea Michele doesn’t smile it’s a problem. Lea Michele is seen out and about with friends it’s a problem. Fans complain that she’s not talking about Cory too much, she gets accused of already moving on. Lea Michele gave and interview talking about Cory she gets accused of milking he’s death. Lea Michele went to the TCA’s and dedicates her awards to him she get’s hate, Lea Michele doesn’t go to the Emmy’s where her dead boyfriend is being giving a tribute she gets hate. Lea Michele is seen with her gay best friends since gods knows when she gets accused of moving on already and never loving Cory. Lea Michele goes on twitter it’s a problem, Lea Michele tries to get back to some normal semblance of her life by continuing with the projects she already had long before Cory died it becomes a problem and is later questioned by a crushable writer due to the pace of how quick she went back to work as well as the context of her album photo shoot for her album as to whether her relationship was real or not all based on a website known as BLIND GOSSIP, very same website who have been writing some very ugly things about the Glee actors the very week of the tribute episode. Same very site that allegedly claim that one Heather Morris’s unborn baby is supposedly Chord Overstreet and not her boyfriend, but all means let take this site seriously chant we. All the cast of Glee have given an interviews to magazines or a tv shows in which they have talked about Cory in some aspect and I don’t see anyone breathing down their backs like they do this woman. Am I to believe she’s to be in a corner somewhere rocking back and forth crying her eyes out instead of maybe trying to move on. We don’t know this woman and it’s pretty disgusting to put our own personal believes on how she should act on this matter. The way I see things is this woman can not win, Literally everyone seems to have so much expectations of her it’s just sad. It’s even more sad that everything she does these days is scrutinized for no apparent reason. I wouldn’t be surprised to see you write a story of how she got a new dog and then try to put some spin on it and make it into something it’s not or shouldn’t be.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      It sounds like you’re a faithful reader, so thanks!

    • Dave

      I actually i’m not, I can see Perez Hilton and even one of the staff members from TMZ writing a piece like this then again it’s what they do best writing filth and trash about individuals and then passing it off as stories based on their own bias opinion just because they don’t like an individual, it’s just a bit disparaging that’s what your aiming for as well, which to me is pretty sad.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Whose opinion is unbiased? Yours?

  • epicgleetumblr

    Basically if you write anything and Tag it with ‘Lea Michele’ you’re going to get hits, a lot of hits. Doesn’t matter if they’re good hits or bad hits, it brings traffic to your site, If that wasn’t the point then tagging it wouldn’t matter, would it? Hollywood’s a brutal business but so is the internet where people can create sites dedicated to bashing celebrities ‘they don’t like’. Freedom of speech right?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      You don’t need to put ‘they don’t like’ in quotes. I don’t like Lea Michele.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I think you just answered your own question.

  • lila

    Er : Mind your own business maybe?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Why would I want to do that, when she’s the one tweeting her business out to the world?

  • Jack

    You know, I don’t see what the problem is here? You said she needs to watch how she’s coming across to people, but WHY? How does any of this affect her or her career in any way? You and other people who don’t like her or look for the worst interpretation of whatever she’s doing were never going to buy her album or pay for her book in the first place. Who cares if those pictures made other people that generally don’t care about her “uncomfortable” ? Her fans (aka the people who matter and finance her career) are fine with it so why does she need to care what other people think?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I care that it made me uncomfortable, so I wrote a post about it saying so. Just like you cared enough about not liking my post that you wanted to make a comment on it saying so.

      See?

    • Jack

      But why did you care? You’re not a fan. I cared enough to comment on the article because I’m a fan of Lea’s and I feel like you’re giving her a hard time for no reason. I had a reason to care. What was yours?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      This is my literal job, dude.

  • Alexis Rhiannon

    That’s a relief.

  • Molly

    Well, in real life we get like three days off work to grieve the loss of a loved one and then it’s back to “work” They probably were a fake couple, but I have no idea. I don’t know why an album cover shoot would make you think she’s not still grieving? Besides this is the same chick who totaled her car on the way to audition for Rachel and showed up pulling glass out of her hair….she seems kinda hardcore….and I’m leaving that up to interpretation, whether you are to believe that’s a good or bad thing lol I don’t think she’s being disrespectful for working…I’m not really a fan, I just found this topic interesting.

  • Lizzie

    Lea lives & works in another world than regular folks. Think show biz always has: “The show must go on.” Publicity is part of the game to promote the album and later her book. How she continues to grieve should be private affair. I believe their relationship was real- Having lost my spouse, I can relate to her need to resume normalcy when death robs us of feeling we have control over our world.

  • XKCD

    It’s called moving on. “The show must go on”, etc. If you lost someone you care about, you’re just going to curl up into a ball and bury yourself in blankets for three months straight? You can’t do that when you have a busy TV career, I’m betting.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Burying yourself in blankets and posting sexy pictures are very different things, don’t you think?

    • XKCD

      When your job and career revolve around said sexy pictures, I feel like doing that for her is like going to work for an average person. Shame, but she and people in her position probably feel sexy pictures are a career necessity.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Yeah, it’s a bummer.

  • MSal

    Honestly, I feel the same.

  • TeamLea

    I hate you and I hope people party instead of going to your funeral someday. you’re such a hypocrite saying that Lea is taking advantage of the publicity she’s getting from Cory’s death when you’re using it to get hits for you little blog. she’s getting the publicity by default while people like you go out of your way to write articles such as this one to get that publicity. you’re a ruthless animal and you need to get a life and stop trying to tell Lea how to live her life cause your opinion doesn’t matter! you’re a bully who thinks attacking people over the internet is okay! I think Lea has handled this with grace and I think if she has to pose nude for her album cover then she should go ahead and do it cause screw what you think. She is working hard because she is only 27, she deserves to have a boyfriend and a husband someday with kids. You really make me sick Alexis

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Agh, my funeral party sounds fun! So sad I have to miss it! Thanks for the invite though!

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  • cath

    jesus christ, she’s just stating an opinion, calm the fuck down people!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Thank you, Cath!

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  • lam

    I Totally agree with what you wrote.