11/03/2013 03:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Lea Michele Reveals Kate Hudson Helped Her Heal After Cory Monteith's Death

Lea Michele is opening up about her boyfriend Cory Monteith's death in the new issue of Elle magazine.

The "Glee" star, 27, covers the December issue and reveals that her co-star Kate Hudson took her in and helped her cope with Monteith's death. Michele admits that Hudson was one of the first people she called upon hearing the tragic news, explaining, "I called her 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."

And Hudson didn't just open her doors to Michele.

"She let my family stay there, and any of my friends. She made sure that in the refrigerator were my favorite juices," Michele tells Elle. "I'll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me."

Monteith died in July at the age of 31 from a "mixed drug toxicity" consisting of heroin and alcohol and Michele has been slowly adjusting to a life without him ever since.

“It’s very hard,” she admits, continuing, “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.”

In the interview, Michele also admits that she and Monteith began dating during the first season of "Glee," but that "no one really caught on." In early 2012, they made it official: "'You wanna do this?'" Michele recalled them asking themselves. "We knew."

“I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people," Michele adds, "I don’t know if I will. I don’t know how."

See Lea's Elle cover below:

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