PHOTOS: Looking Back at Cory Monteith & Lea Michele's Love Story

With the actor's tragic death at age 31, look back at how the Glee co-stars turned their on-screen romance into an off-screen relationship

When Cory Monteith and Lea Michele began playing love interests Finn Hudson and Rachel Berry on Glee in 2009, they quickly became America's favorite TV couple. They were immediately rumored to be dating, but it wasn't until 2012 that the hot stars officially confirmed their off-screen romance.

In the past few months, the co-stars looked more in love than ever, especially after Cory's month-long stint in rehab for substance abuse in April. Unfortunately, the actor was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on July 13.

As the world mourns the sudden death of the talented actor, we can't help but feel heartbroken over Lea's loss.

"Lea and Cory were planning on moving in together after he got back from Vancouver," an insider tells Us Weekly. "They weren't talking engagement or marriage yet but it was heading that way. The first step was Cory was going to move in [to Michele's L.A. home] completely. He was already there all the time."

Despite his issues with substance abuse, Lea always supported her beau, proving to be "the one" on- and off-screen. "They were 100 percent happy and together and in love at the time of his death," the source adds. "They never broke up."

Here, look back at the couple's love story from the very beginning. 

Nov. 2, 2009

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Jan. 6, 2010

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May 20, 2010

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Aug. 4, 2010

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April 26, 2011

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Sept. 20, 2011

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Jan. 5, 2012

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Jan. 15, 2012

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Feb. 14, 2012

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May 16, 2012

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June 9, 2012

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Aug. 19, 2012

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Oct. 4, 2012

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Jan. 1, 2013

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Jan. 27, 2013

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Feb. 14, 2013

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May 1, 2013

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June 8, 2013

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Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

 

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