Cory Monteith might be gone, but he'll never be forgotten by Lea Michele.
The singer and actress is featured in the latest issue of Teen Vogue, opening up to good friend Jonathan Groff for an interview that touches on her personal life, her professional life and how the two often intersect.
Especially when it comes to Michele's debut album, "Louder," which will be released on February 28.
Michele explains to Groff:
"During Glee, I felt like I was scratching that itch of being an artist. I was at a great place in my life and I was so unbelievably happy - my relationship with Cory made me feel like I could reach for the stars and more. So I was like, 'I'm going to challenge myself and do this record now.'"
She says that Monteith, who tragically died from a heroin overdose in July, was "such a fan" of Lea's solo work and would constantly tell her she's gonna be a "big pop star."
"He heard every song and gave me notes on everything," Michele said. "He loved 'Battlefield.' I'm getting chills thinking about it. I would say 'Burn With You' was his favorite. He came into the studio that day."
Losing Monteith over the summer continues to affect Michele, but she is doing all she can to put a positive spin on her relationship with Cory.
"I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other morphed into this strength that I have right now," she says. "There's just something about knowing he's watching everything I'm doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him."
What a beautiful sentiment.
To remember Monteith and Michele in the roles of Finn and Rachel, respectively, you can watch Glee online over at TV Fanatic.