Three years after Cory Monteith’s death, the actor still lives on in Lea Michele’s heart…and on her body. She debuted a sweet new tattoo for her late boyfriend on April 12, and even though it’s small, it holds a whole lot of meaning — especially for ‘Glee’ fans who fell in love with the couple on the show.
We’re not crying, YOU’RE crying! Lea Michele, 29, gave Gleeks all the feels when she showed off her symbolic tattoo for Cory Monteith on Twitter April 12. The tiny artwork is a nod to Cory’s role on Glee, where the pair met and fell in love before his untimely death in July 2013. See it here.
After revealing a new coffee cup tattoo she got in honor of her grandmother, Lea showed off the ink she got for Cory. In the black and white photo, she pulls down her shirt to reveal the small number 5 etched onto her body, which was the number of her man’s football jersey on Glee.
“And one more.. for my quarterback..” she captioned the pic with a heart emoji. It’s unclear where exactly on her body the tat is located or when she got the artwork done, but we’re totally emotional over the tribute — and so are our fellow Monchele fans! See their reaction tweets below!
This isn’t the first tattoo the actress has gotten in honor of Cory, either — in Oct. 2013, just months after his death, she wore a cutout dress that showed the words “if you say so” written on her ribcage. Later, she confirmed that these were the last words Cory said to her during a phone conversation before he died, and she wrote a song with the same title for her 2014 album, Louder.
After working on Glee for three years together, Lea and Cory finally started dating in early 2012, and were together up until the time of his death a year and a half later. The actor was just 31-years-old when he was found dead of a drug overdose in his Vancouver hotel room on July 13, 2013.
Meanwhile, Lea began dating Matthew Paetz after meeting him on her music video set in mid-2014, but they broke up out of nowhere in Februrary, and the 29-year-old was completely blindsided by it. “She was hoping for a proposal,” an insider told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “And was sure that he was the one.”
lea got cory as finn's jersey # as a tattoo i want to cry
— kat (@SlTHANAKIN) April 12, 2016
OMG LEA GOT A TATTOO FOR CORY I AM CRYING
— h misses the 1975 :( (@louisterbucks) April 12, 2016
Awwwwh Lea's tattoo for her quaterback 😢
— SUZANNE CHEN (@piqahbagus) April 12, 2016
So great to know lea still has unconditional love for Cory and clearly always will, the tattoo has broken me, so unprepared❤️❤️❤️
— KT (@katiegarnerxo) April 12, 2016
Lea did a tattoo for Corey, omg omg 😭😭
— Mariana. (@lovees__bieber) April 12, 2016
What do you think of Lea’s new tattoo, HollywoodLifers?