Lea Michele hasn’t spoken about Cory Monteith publicly since the emotional Teen Choice Awards. Now, in time for Glee’s tribute to his character Finn, Michele is opening up about her beloved boyfriend.

"I feel like, for me personally, I've lost two people: Cory and Finn," Michele said to TV Week Australia. "We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him. It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic."

Michele called the tribute episode (airing Thursday) “perfect,” and despite it being hard getting back to work, the actress said it was good to be with her friends. "Everyone is asking, ‘Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?'" Michele said. "But the truth is, it's no harder at work than it is in life, so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together."

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Michele was deeply in love with Monteith, and many Glee fans assumed they were close to getting engaged. This once-in-a-lifetime love is something Michele keeps close to her. "I really woke up every single day feeling like I was being in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life. I feel like what happened with [Monteith's death] was [miniscule] in the scheme of who he was and his life."

Cory Monteith The Glee episode honoring Cory Monteith airs on Thursday on Fox.

"There was no greater man than Cory," she added, "so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky." The Glee cast also feels lucky to have their fearless leader Michele, who made the decision for everyone to go back to work on the hit Fox show. In the tribute to Monteith, Michele will be singing “Make You Feel My Love.”

"She had one of the first songs we filmed for the episode and she did it so beautifully," Matthew Morrison said. "After, she said something like, ‘It can't be harder for anyone else than it was for me.'"

"We knew we had to show up because our leader stepped forward and kind of gave permission to all of us to do it," Morrison said about Michele. "I don't think we could have done it without her."