It may be nearly a year since the sudden death of her co-star and boyfriend, but Glee actress Lea Michele has not forgotten the man she loved.
On her Twitter account May 11, the actress shared a touching black-and-white photo of herself and former boyfriend Cory Monteith laughing and smiling together, the first photo she has shared of the actor in a while.
"The biggest heart and most beautiful smile...In all of our hearts...We love you so. Happy Birthday," she captioned the shot.
Monteith passed away July 13, 2013 from a mixed drug toxicity of heroin and alcohol. His body was discovered in a Vancouver hotel room. He was 31 at the time.
Since his death, Michele has helped carry on his memory on the Fox show that made them famous and released her debut album, which featured two songs about Monteith, including one about the last words he ever spoke to her called If You Say So.
In a February interview with Teen Vogue, where she was interviewed by real-life BFF Jonathon Groff, Michele opened up about Monteith and how he made her feel about her success as an artist.
"My relationship with Cory made me feel like I could reach for the stars and more," she said at the time. "He was such a fan, you don't understand. He would be like, 'You're going to be a pop star! What are we going to do? Are we going to, like, go on the road?' He would say, 'This is going to be big!' And I'd be like, 'I don't know.' He heard every song and gave me his notes on everything."
She also opened up at the time about how the love she and the actor shared as well as support from family and friends have also helped her cope since his death.
"I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other morphed into this strength that I have right now. There's just something about knowing he's watching everything I'm doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him," she said. "I also have a safety net below me-if I fall or if it's too much, my friends and family will be there to catch me."