Lea Michele Celebrates First Birthday Without Cory Monteith

Lea Michele celebrates her 27th birthday today, but the Glee actress is bound to find her special day a bittersweet one since this will be the first without her long-term boyfriend Cory Monteith.

The all-singing-all-dancing actress has had a tough time of late coping with the death of beau and fellow Glee star Cory, who died from a concoction of drink and drugs in July, but Lea’s been careful to reassure fans that she’s on the road to recovery.

Sharing a series of smiling selfies followed by a photo of herself wearing a tribute ‘Finn’ necklace on Instagram, the birthday girl showed her dedicated followers he’s still close to her heart but she’s managing to slowly move on with her life.

The brunette star’s been keeping busy, featuring in the just-released trailer for the brand new premiere episode of Glee Season 5 and has been snapped spending some quality girl-time with friend in LA.

Here’s hoping she can put her grief aside today too to enjoy some cake and pressies as we’re in no doubt her supportive co-stars, who stood firmly by her side as she dedicated her Best Actress award to Cory at the Teen Choice Awards in July, will be rallying around to make Lea’s birthday a welcome distraction.

Glee stars – pop on some belting tunes and serenade the just-27-year-old with a musical theatre style Happy Birthday, she deserves it more than ever!

By Claire Blackmore

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