(LOS ANGELES) -- Lea Michele says she shared an "insane love" with her late Glee co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith and still feels it six months after his death.
Michele tells Teen Vogue, "I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other morphed into this strength that I have right now. There's just something about knowing he's watching everything I'm doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him."
If that fails, Michele says she has a safety net: "If I fall or if it's too much, my friends and family will be there to catch me."
The 27-year-old actress is preparing to release her first album, entitled Louder, and credits her relationship with Monteith for giving her the courage to take on the project.
"During Glee, I felt like I was scratching that itch of being an artist," she tells Teen Vogue. "I was at a great place in my life and I was so unbelievably happy -- my relationship with Cory made me feel like I could reach for the stars and more. So I was like, 'I'm going to challenge myself and do this record now.'"
Michele describes Monteith as a "fan" of the album and one her biggest supporters throughout the project explaining, "He would be like, 'You're going to be a pop star! What are we going to do? Are we going to, like, go on the road?. ...This is going to be big.'"
Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on July 13, 2013. It was determined he died of "mixed drug toxicity" involving heroin and alcohol. He was 31.
Louder is set for a Feb. 28 release.
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