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Lea Michele

Controlling Cory

In Life and Death

7/18/2013 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Cory Monteith
had a very strong guardian angel by his side ... his girlfriend Lea Michele, who essentially controlled Cory in life and even death.

Sources connected with both Cory and Lea tell TMZ ... Lea swooped in when Cory died and immediately took over planning his memorial and other matters connected with his death.  We're told Cory's mom is not involved at all in the planning -- it's all Lea. 

Everyone agrees ... Lea always had Cory's back and tried protecting him as much as she could, especially when it came to his substance abuse.  We're told Cory -- who was sweet but naive -- got banged around in Hollywood by what one relative called "a zoo of piranhas" and when Lea became his girlfriend she fiercely protected him.

As for Cory's drug and alcohol problems ... Lea laid down the law in the United States and did everything she could to keep him from relapsing.  When he did relapse earlier this year, she was the one who took the lead and engineered the plan to get Cory in rehab.

We're told Lea's problem was that when Cory went to Canada ... all bets were off.

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1.

IwuvTMZ    

Not gleeful now.

442 days ago
2.

mr.howell     

Kind of an Odd relationship he had with her..did he really need a keeper?..

442 days ago
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Mary P    

Maybe it's the cynic in me, but this sounds quite strange and raises a lot more questions than it answers.

442 days ago
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Nun ja biz    

So basically he was clean in the US but only in Canada he used? This is a sad story. One that I hope teaches the youth. Glee has a huge fan base.

442 days ago
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Anoid    

Hate to say it but she sounds like a control freak, sounds like she knew he hada problem but wanted to do things her way instead of letting him take the time he needed to recover.

442 days ago
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Brian    

It doesn't look like Hollyweird was his problem. Canada was.

442 days ago
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Brian    

Is it just me or is this just another Druggie dead ? So long Druggie - Good Riddance.

442 days ago
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Whocares    

I wonder why the ultra-spiteful didn't take on or take away the responsibility of planning the memorial service - she appeared too happy to take away the opportunity for his own father to view his body and say goodbye. His father was career military and traveled and moved a lot, but I'm sure Corey's mom always got her child support checks. It was living in her house that he started abusing drugs and addiction and she feared for his life. As for controlling Corey - that Lea - last I knew that is one of the last appealing traits that guys look for in girlfriends. If she was his guardian angel, it didn't turn out to good - and she was only on duty two years. I agree, from many reports, that Canada was his problem and he would relapse when visiting home. Knowing that, why was he traveling alone - his guardian angel has been in LA the whole time and he or she could have afforded a sober coach to travel with. That would have put a crimp in his recreation because a sober coach would find it impossible that alcohol is NOT a drug, meaning he wasn't REALLY sober.

442 days ago
9.

barf    

I hope it gives her closure... Must be so hard...

442 days ago
10.

jj    

She was mother, not girl friend. Sorry, but Lea should have found someone healthier to love.

442 days ago
11.

Cthrew    

Cold-hearted damange control by Lea. Wasn't that a picture on TMZ just a few days ago showing Lea yucking it up in Canada with Cory--and a few beers?

442 days ago
12.

TJ    

The strong protecting the weak? Why did he go to Canada then, anyway? He seemed to have an innate weakness, that no one could help or correct. Sad~
His Canadian "friends", were part of his downfall.

442 days ago
13.

Phreaky    

This is the weirdest story I've ever read on here - was this arranged by Lea's PR team or something? Normally, this would be a bad thing, that she was so controlling and overstepped his own mother, yet somehow, this is being spun to make her the hero?
Sorry, not buying it. And if this WAS manufactured by her PR team, for whatever reason - SHAME ON YOU.

442 days ago
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vegas-mom-    

See it's damn Canada!!!

442 days ago
15.

Liz    

"Protective" is much different from "controlling," and his problems started long before he got to Hollywood.

442 days ago
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