lea michele

Apparently, even losing your young partner to an accidental drug overdose isn’t reason enough to be left the hell alone. Lea Michele appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this afternoon, and the 27-year-old Glee star just confirmed what we already (unfortunately) suspected: everyone in the universe thinks her grieving process is their business.

Michele talks about the difficulty of finalizing her first solo album in the wake of her costar and boyfriend, Cory Monteith‘s death this July, and responds to the (insane) criticism about how quickly she returned to work after his passing. She tells Ellen,

Going to work is no harder than being at home and being in the house and opening up a closet and seeing a pair of shoes. Grief goes with you every day, whatever you’re doing, when there’s great moments, when there’s hard moments. So I’d rather, for me, be at work with the people that I love that are going through the same thing. And it obviously has its own triggers. But at the end of the day, I feel so safe there.

I’m practically foaming at the mouth with anger about the fact that Michele feels like she has to defend herself for carrying on with her life. This woman is already under constant surveillance just for being famous– what makes us think we’re entitled to comment on the few parts of her that she was able to keep private?

I mean, Lea Michele is easy enough to shit on without resorting to low blows about a personal crisis in her life. I can understand the argument that she comes off as phony (when you start your career with stage acting, you’re bound to look overly dramatic in the normal world) and the rumors that she’s controlling or bossy don’t seem that unrealistic. But whatever you think of her, now is not the time to let it all out. Her relationship with Monteith was never really our business to begin with, and she should be allowed to grieve in private for as long as she needs.

Via People / Photo: WENN