Lea Michele Reveals How She Coped After Cory Monteith Died

'Glee' actress tells Elle DeGeneres why she went back to work.

“Glee” star Lea Michele had a few strong shoulders to lean on after Cory Monteith died in July. Along with receiving words of encouragement from Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, she also stayed at co-star Kate Hudson’s house to avoid the paparazzi, who wanted to snap a picture of the grieving actress.

“All those rumors [that Hudson and Michele hated each other on ’Glee’] were so weird and we even were calling each other being like ’This is so crazy.’ It’s so unbelievable what people can make up 90 percent of the stuff you read is fabricated, most of it. And she was so wonderful to basically give me her home to myself and my family,” she said on the “Ellen,” airing Thursday (December 12).

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“It was so helpful to basically have a safe place to process and have minute to breathe before getting back to my house, which has a lot of memories. It’s pretty intense [when the paparazzi follows you],” she continued. “And then if you smile, it’s like, ’She’s so happy,’ and then if you look sad they’re like, ’She’s terrible.’ It’s really hard there’s so many different emotions … to have that time at her home to be in private with this for a moment, I’m so thankful to her.”

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In addition to Hudson, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy also visited with Michele to see when she wanted to head back to work on the show.

“Well, Ryan Murphy, who’s so amazing, he came to Kate’s house. He said, ’What do you want to do?’ I said, ’I have to go back to work. We have to. They’re my family,’ ” she recalled. “What people also don’t understand is that going to work is no harder than being at home and being in the house and opening up the closet and seeing a pair of shoes. Grief goes with you every day, whatever you’re doing … it obviously has its own triggers [being on set], but at the end of the day, I feel so safe there.”