Former Song star, Lea Michele, paid tribute to her ex-boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith eight years after her unexpected death with a photo shared to her Instagram story. Song tells the story of students attending the fictional William McKinley High School. There, the show’s choir works to compete in different competitions while its members tackle social issues, especially about sexuality, race, relationships, and working together as a team. The Fox series ran from 2009 to 2015.
Michele stars in the series as Rachel Berry alongside Monteith’s Finn Hudson. The unlikely mix of the glee club’s best singer and the school’s star quarterback makes for some unforgettable onscreen moments for fans. The duo contributed their voices to covers songs such as Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,’” Michael Jackson’s “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” Room for Two’s “Roots Before Branches,” and the Kenny Rogers and Sheena Duet. Easton, “We’ve Got Tonight” as Finn and Rachel explore their growing feelings for one another.
To commemorate the eighth anniversary of his death, Michele took to his Instagram story to share a black and white photo of the actor on stage as his own. Song character, wearing a quarterback jacket as he waves to fans. Michele has honored her former love every year since her death, sharing the actor’s image on her social media for each birthday. Michele then tattooed her character’s number 5 on her side in April 2016 and in 2019, inscribed Monteith’s character Finn’s name on her lower back. Michele and Monteith are involved in an off-camera relationship at the same time their characters fall in love with each other on screen. They went public with their relationship in 2012, just one year before Monteith died on July 13 after an accidental overdose.
That date has significance for another tragic reason for Song cast. On July 13, 2020, Naya Rivera’s body was found after she died by accidental drowning while boating with her son Josey on July 8. Perry’s band song, “If I Die Young,” is on social media. Rivera performed the song during Song‘s tribute episode to the actor titled “The Quarterback.”
Michele’s relationship with Monteith has become as iconic as their character’s relationship on camera in the eyes of the show’s loyal fans. Viewers crave that warm and cozy ending Song The creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, had planned for the couple. Since then Michele is married to businessman, Zandy Reich. The couple are parents to one son, Ever Leo, born in August 2020. Since Monteith’s untimely and tragic death, his strong fan base and co-stars have worked to keep the star’s memory alive.
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