"Glee" stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith began their love affair on screen - and expanded it into real life. The two worked together, played together and shifted between vegan and vegetarian diets together. Lea was so enthusiastic about the relationship and diet facets of her life that she even decided to write a book, tweeting in early June 2013: “Just finished my first two chapters of #BRUNETTEAMBITION! #Diet and #Relationships :) Having so much fun writing this book!”
But now the vegan "Glee" star is alone, and friends are concerned that Lea's sorrow after Cory's passing has caused her to lose a dangerous amount of weight, according to Hollywood Life.
Lea "talks about Cory all the time" and "misses him every day,” a source revealed to People magazine.
Friends are so worried that they “want to make sure that she will eat, since that has rarely occurred since the news of his passing.” They're staying by her side, hoping their support will help.
Lea has not released more information about her “part memoir, part how-to and part style guide” since Cory's death. Titled "Brunette Ambition," it's listed on Amazon, scheduled for release in May 2013 - you can even pre-order it. But Lea's relationship chapter, once so hopeful, now will be filled with heartache.
As for the diet section of the book, it's known that at one point she was rumored to have an eating disorder, according to the New York Daily News.
However, Lea has emphasized that when she suddenly became thinner in 2010, she lost the pounds because of jaw surgery. As far as her vegan diet, she thinks people assume she only eats vegetables.
“People get confused, like, you know, I just eat grass,” she jokes about her vegan diet. “I’m half Italian. I can eat some b----es under the table.”
And her family has adapted to her plant-based diet.
"I'm part of a traditional Italian family, so when I became a vegan, my mother learned how to make a version of lasagne I could still enjoy," she told InStyle.
Lea's vegan diet includes whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruit. Because they're all low in calories, "counting calories is simply not necessary!" celebrity nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella told Us Weekly.
Hollywood Life describes Lea as "an outspoken vegan and animal-rights activist," noting that she urged Cory to follow her lead.
“Lea wants Cory to become a vegetarian and then eventually a vegan, like her,” an insider close to the couple told HollywoodLife. “Cory is pretty good about the way he eats. He rarely eats meat in front of Lea.”
And Lea dreamed of having children with Cory.
“When Lea has kids, she wants them to be vegan — and she wants Cory on board," said the source at that time. Sadly, that day will never come.