(NEW YORK) -- Glee star Lea Michele has had a whirlwind year — getting through the tragedy of losing her boyfriend, Cory Monteith, last summer as a result of a heroin and alcohol overdose.
The multiple Grammy and Emmy-nominee now has a new solo album, Louder, which was released Wednesday — a feat that would never had been possible without the enduring support of her friends and family, Michele said on ABC’s Good Morning America.
“I’m really very, very, very thankful for all the amazing people I have in my life,” Michele, 27, explained to George Stephanopoulos. “I know that sounds like something everyone says, but honestly, my friends and my family, they got me through this and really, really have been there for me and I couldn’t have done it without them.”
One of Michele’s fans on Twitter compared listening to the new album to reading the star’s diary, a window into her life.
“That’s really what I sought out to do when making this record,” she agreed. “Moving to Los Angeles from working on Broadway I was cast on Glee within just a few weeks, so I really was introduced to the world as Rachel Berry.
“I wanted to take this opportunity in making this record to really let my fans know who I am, and I think the music should be personal,” she said of her much more introspective creative endeavor.
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