This is so heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time...

Lea Michele was dealt arguably the biggest blow of her life when boyfriend Cory Monteith tragically overdosed at the age of 31 this past July, but she coped with her grief by believing that her late boyfriend was looking down on her even though he's gone, she tells the new issue of Teen Vogue.

    "I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other morphed into this strength that I have right now. There's just something about knowing he's watching everything I'm doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him. I also have a safety net below me - if I fall or if it's too much, my friends and family will be there to catch me," she explains to the mag.

Embarking on a music career with a new album, the Glee actress reveals that it was her former beau who encouraged her to go after her dreams.

    "During Glee, I felt like I was scratching that itch of being an artist. I was at a great place in my life and I was so unbelievably happy - my relationship with Cory made me feel like I could reach for the stars and more. So I was like, 'I'm going to challenge myself and do this record now'," she gushes.

We admire her courage!