Lea Michele Says Late Boyfriend and 'Glee' Costar Cory Monteith 'Would Love' Current Beau Matthew Paetz

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Lea Michele has moved on with her life following the tragic death of former boyfriend and Glee costar Cory Monteith to a drug overdose, but that doesn't mean she doesn't still think of him and how he might feel about her life in 2016.

While chatting on the Fempire podcast Tuesday, Michele, 29, said that she believes Monteith, who died in 2013 from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol, would approve of current boyfriend Matthew Paetz.

“He is very respectful for the person that I was with. And that again is something I love so much about him and I really know that Cory would love him too,” Michele said. “And that’s all that we really hold within our hearts, and so does everyone else in my life.”

Michele and Monteith dated for two years before his tragic death that left the actress and singer devastated.

Almost a year after Monteith's demise, Lea met 30-year-old Paetz while shooting the music video for her single On My Way. As their romance grew, so did the backlash from fans, much to her dismay.

“I love my fans. They’re incredible and they were really a part of my whole story and my whole journey with me, so I do come from a place of understanding, but it’s also really hard,” she said. “You know, every time I post a picture, then it’s just a landslide of comments that talk about my past and bring that up rather than projecting positivity.”

Even though she has faced scrutiny and negativity because of her relationship with Paetz, Lea Michele says he has shown never-ending support for her.

“It’s really, I have to say, that is honestly what I love so much about Matt. That’s honestly what is so incredible about him because at the end of the day, this industry is really tough and the only way to really get through is to create a solid unit. And that’s really what we have been since day one,” Michele continued. “We’ve stood by each other through anything that was thrown our way. He’s such a great man that he would never really let anything like that ever crack our lovely little core that we’ve created.”

Pam Wright