Cory Monteith Death; Lea Michele Engaged? Plans Funeral; 'No One Knows Me Better Than Cory,' Michele Said; Monteith's Last Interview Reveals Struggle, 'All About Perseverance'

By Alma L. Cruz, Crossmap On July 16, 2013

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Cory Monteith and Lea Michele might have been engaged before his untimely death. The "Glee" actors were often suspected of being very much in love, engaged, and planning for a future together. Cory Monteith and Lea Michele were still together and going strong before the death of Monteith from an apparent overdose on drugs on July 13. 

"It is absolutely tragic. Lea was busy organizing what should have been the happiest day of their lives but now she is planning her worst nightmare, Cory's funeral," source said according to Mirror.

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"Lea and Cory were planning on moving in together after he got back from Vancouver," a source shared according to Examiner. 

The source explained that while the couple was not engaged, they were in the process of moving in together. 

"The first step was Cory was going to move in [to Michele's L.A. home] completely. He was already there all the time," the source added.

While Lea Michele has yet to make a public appearance since the death of Cory Monteith, sources report that she is "beyond belief" about the news.

"She [Lea Michele] is absolutely hysterical and completely inconsolable. She is devastated beyond belief," a source close to the actress told Hollywood Life.

Michele and Monteith began dating in 2011, even though their work on "Glee" began in 2009. In January, Michele shared to Marie Claire magazine just how much she cares about Monteith. 

"No one knows me better than Cory. No one knows what it's been like to go through this more than he does. Feeling like you have that net underneath you allows you to jump higher and go farther. He makes me feel like I can do anything. For the first time in my life, I feel really, really settled and happy. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world," Lea said.

"I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this," Lea said People magazine in April when Monteith announced he would be seeking treatment for substance abuse. "I am grateful and proud that he made this decision."

"Cory never shied away from his demons and twice he tried to rid himself of them. He was such a huge talent and touched every one he met," a source revealed.

During one of Monteith's last interviews in June 2013, the actor shared on his recent struggles.

"It's all about perseverance. Absolute perseverance. You can always get back up," he said to Glamour magazine.