Singer/actress Lea Michele has been grieving the death of her Glee co-star and serious boyfriend Cory Monteith since his death nearly a year ago. But she has happily decided it’s time to dip her toes into the dating pool again. Her love interest? A guy named Matthew Paetz. Michele, 27, met Paetz on the set of her music video for “On My Way.” She had just left the Coachella music festival and was missing Monteith passionately, a source reported to Us Magazine. “[The video shoot] was a big party and a really therapeutic moment for her,” said the source.
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According to Paetz’s Twitter account, he is a dating and lifestyle coach. But there is some scandal in his background too. TMZ reports that he was once a male escort. But lots of people do things in their past to get by, and apparently Lea is not holding any grudges.
This dabble into dating is the singer’s first relationship since Monteith died of heroin and alcohol toxicity last July. Prior to the actor’s tragic death at the young age of 31, the couple of a year and a half were very serious and had been discussing marriage and a family. Michele told Glamour UK in early 2014 that the two had “talked about children” and growing old together. “We were done. We were it,” she said.
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Michele understandably and healthily took time to grieve. “I feel like it’s so important to make sure that I’m 100 percent okay before I can get into a relationship,” the star said. “But people have to understand that I can’t be alone forever. Cory wouldn’t want that.”
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