Apr 14, 2016 04:04 AM EDT By Maria Cabrera

Lea Michele, Cory Monteith Romance: Ex-Couple's Romance In Photos

A look at the former 'Glee' co-stars' best romantic photos. .

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  • Cory Monteith and Lea Michele were by some superficial measures an odd couple. He was the big-hearted Canadian, a relatively late bloomer, by Hollywood standards—she was the born-for-the-stage Jersey-girl striver. He was laid-back and gentle, she was focused and scrappy (she also happened to be a foot shorter than him). But by other measures, it made perfect sense.

    Somehow, the seeming improbability of the Monteith/Michele union only added to the sense of communal grief when the actor died in July at age 31, alone in a Vancouver hotel room, of an apparent drug overdose.

    Lea has made sure Cory is always close: she’s got herself a tattoo in honor of her ex-boyfriend and former Glee co-star.

    Michele got the No. 5 inked into the side of her ribcage as a constant reminder of the late, popular actor. She Instagrammed her new ink with the caption, “And one more.. for my Quarterback..”

    "There is an empowerment that comes with grief—at some point you find it," the actress explained in 2013. "It's very hard but you will find it, and I think at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this or you can choose to rise. And that's what I'm just trying to do my best for him, because I know that that's what he would have wanted."
  • Actors Lea Michele and Cory Monteith arrive at 13th Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Ca.
  • Cory and Lea arrive at the 18th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party held at the Pacific Design Center on March 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Lea and Cory present the Favorite TV Actor award onstage at Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on March 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Lea and Cory arrive at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Lea and Cory from the cast of Glee perform at Radio City Music Hall on May 28, 2010 in New York City.
  • Cory and Lea attend the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Glee' Season 2 held at Paramount Studios on September 7, 2010 in Hollywood, Ca.
  • Lea and Cory inside the 11th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball sponsored by Audi, Grey Goose, Kayne Anderson and smartwater on June 9th, 2012.
  • Cory and Lea arrive at the Versace Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2012/13 at the Ritz hotel on July 1, 2012 in Paris, France.
  • Lea and Cory pose with awards at the 2012 Do Something Awards at Barker Hangar on August 19, 2012 in Santa Monica, Ca.
  • Cory and Lea arrive at the Premiere Screening of FX's 'American Horror Story: Asylum' at the Paramount Theatre on October 13, 2012 in Hollywood, Ca.
  • Cory and Lea attend the 12th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on June 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, Ca.
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