• A photo of Lea Michele and Cory Monteith looking cozy on the Glee set was staged by Kevin McHale to spark dating rumors and generate interest in the show.
• Lea Michele and Cory Monteith’s on-screen romance in Glee turned into a real-life relationship before the staged photo was taken.
• Several Glee cast members have found their own happy endings in love and family life after the show.
Here is what happened:
Kevin McHale recalls staging a picture of Lea Michele and Cory Monteith to spark rumors about their relationship. He explained during an episode of his podcast with Jenna Ushkowitz that he deliberately took a photo of Jenna and staged Lea and Cory in the background to create a buzz about their off-screen romance. The picture was shared on social media and quickly spread to entertainment sites.
Despite Kevin’s intentions to stage a scene, it turned out that Lea and Cory were actually already dating each other at the time of the photo. Lea revealed to Kevin that they had already started dating when the staged photo was taken. This love story was much like a plot from Glee where their on-screen relationship turned into a real-life romance.
In the years following Cory’s death, Lea Michele has tied the knot with Zandy Reich and now has a 2-year-old son named Ever. There are also updates on other Glee alums’ love lives, including Darren Criss, Harry Shum Jr., and others. Each of their stories has evolved in different ways since their time on Glee, with new chapters and new milestones being reached.