Lea Michele Finally Releases That Cory Monteith Tribute She’s Been Referencing Every Five Minutes

Cory Monteith and Lea Michele attending Chrysalis Butterfly Ball June 2013I know that a lot of people (if not most people) out there disagree with me, but I lost a lot of sympathy for Lea Michele when she said she lost two people with the death of Cory Monteith.

Obviously she was referring to Cory’s character Finn Hudson on Gleebut something about equating the death of a man to the erasure of a character really felt wrong to me. I’d felt a lot of empathy with her up to that point, and really admired the way she handled herself at the Teen Choice Awards when she gave that tearful speech about him, but that day was really where the tide turned for me.

Maybe the two of them really were together and it wasn’t the fakelationship that it’s rumored to be, but I’ve never really been able to look at Lea’s ‘mourning process’ the same way since. Perhaps it’s genuine and I just don’t have a solid enough understanding of her to be able to recognize that, but every move she makes seems to be a very calculated PR strategy to…further her own career by using the tragedy of Cory’s death. I know that sounds terrible, it’s just what strikes me in this situation.

And going along with that is this Cory tribute song we keep hearing about. Lea isn’t releasing her album Louder until March 4th, but she’s been talking about the song ‘You’re Mine’ for months now. Since November, actually, but now it’s here, and it’s time for even more reminders that there’s a song for Cory on the album and we should all buy it right up. Here’s what she says about the track:

“It was ours. When I think of him, I play this.”

Call me a pessimist, but are you telling me that Cory actually heard this song? That before his tragic death in July 2013, he heard a completed track from an album you’re not releasing until March 2014*? I know that’s a contentious thing to say, but it definitely seems unlikely.

(*Commenter Izzy has pointed out that the album was initially supposed to be released in September 2013, so it was completed in June, and Cory would have heard all the songs slated for it at that point.) 

I don’t even dislike the song, she absolutely shouldn’t put her career on hold to grieve in a way that’s socially acceptable to me. I’m just entitled to my opinion about this, and my opinion is she’ll probably sell a lot more singles if they’re linked in the public’s mind to the tragic death of her boyfriend. Just saying.

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    • Izzy

      The album was supposed to be released in September 2013, it was finished in june. She had already recorded and produced all but 2 songs in the album by june of 2013. Yes, Cory heard every song but Cannonball and If you say so, that were added later, after the tragedy happened. The album got postponed for obvious reasons. You can have your opinion, but a bit of fact checking wouldn’t hurt.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Thank you for adding this information.

      • guest

        Are you Cory? You believe everything Lea tells you. She could lie, about everything & Lol at fact checking

    • gayle

      What take from this song is Sia is burnt out and needs a vacation because every song she has written for this album is just so ordinary and forgettable.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh no, I loooove Sia!

      • gayle

        So do I she is a fantastic song writer and Breathe Me is an absolutely beautiful song! But this is something like the third song she has written for this album they have released and they are all just mediocre at best.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        That’s such a bummer.

      • Kaitlin Reilly

        Cannonball is pretty mediocre and written by Sia, right?

    • Krista

      I feel guilty-ish slamming her, but I kind of started losing sympathy for her when she started in with the CONSTANT scandalous photo shoots. Like, I get it. You’re young and attractive and talented, but can we not? It is completely unrelated to Cory or his death or anything, really. But… she kind of started driving me up a wall as soon as the album promotion started.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Totally agreed.

      • lol

        Cute slut-shaming.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I don’t know if that’s what that was.

      • lol

        Like, I get the million paparazzi photos being super annoying. I got annoyed with the 60 different times her and Cory were photographed together and pretended like they were random. I’m frustrated with a bunch of different photo sets of her jogging or something. But the photo shoots? Whatever. Are they really that scandalous? Hardly.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I think for me it’s not that they were scandalous, just that they were insensitive.

      • Hanna

        Almost every reasonably attractive female celeb under the age of 30 does those kinds of shoots.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        ‘Reasonably attractive female celeb’?
        Pretty sure that’s EVERY female celebrity.

    • rose

      or when she got a tattoo and shared that those were his last words to her … yeah cause every real girlfriend would share that private information. She is using his death for her music. And living in a relationship with a drug addict isnt THE HAPPPIEST place on earth. So yes imo they were fake and lea should be ashamed!

      • gayle

        I am still on the fence about the whole real or fake thing but thank you for pointing out she felt comfortable telling the public his last words to her. That was one of the things that really made me side-eye her in the Elle piece. I would think his last words would be something special and scared to her but instead they are publicity material and a prime example why I just can’t with this girl.

    • A

      She’s gone back and forth in interviews that this song was written before Cory’s death or if it was written after his death.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Well that’s odd.

      • jack

        No she hasn’t. This one was always written before and there’s another one written after. She’s still milking it though.

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