“Glee” star Lea Michele graces the December cover of Elle magazine, in which she speaks candidly about the death of boyfriend Cory Monteith and how she turned to good friend Kate Hudson for support.

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[photo: Carter Smith for Elle]

Michele revealed, “I called [Kate Hudson] and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].’ She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there. I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”

As for how she is coping these days, Lea said, “I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life. Now that I am in this position, you can choose to rise, and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people.”

She added, “It’s very hard. And you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don’t have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.”

Check out the behind-the-scenes video of Lea's photo shoot!

Read more of Michele’s interview at Elle.com!

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