By Julia Emmanuele
Updated February 22, 2016 05:00 PM

The newly-single actress and singer always inspires us with her real talk about love and her past relationships

“That’s honestly what is so incredible about [ex-boyfriend Matthew Paetz] because at the end of the day, this industry is really tough and the only way to really get through is to create a solid unit. And that’s really what we have been since day one. – on the Fempire podcast in 2016

Paetz also is very respectful for the person that I was with. And that again is something that I love so much about him and I really know that Cory would love him too. And that’s all that we really hold within our hearts, and so does everyone else in my life.

“Staying home and watching a movie is like date night,” Michele says. “That’s it for me and [it’s] the best night ever.” – to PEOPLE in 2016

“After the death of Cory Monteith I worked very, very hard and I got back to that place where I was genuinely happy and strong and ready to live again and see the world, and you know, bring in more beautiful experiences. And that’s when someone miraculously came into my life. – to Flare magazine in 2015

“I didn’t want anybody to fill any holes for me – that sounds sexual! I wanted to make sure that I was a whole person again and that no one was coming into my life to put me back together.”

“I’m so grateful to get to say that I experienced true love and I think that a lot of people unfortunately don’t. They’ll go a whole lifetime without this experience. I did and I consider myself so lucky.” – to PEOPLE in 2014

“If I’ve learned anything from this past year it’s that you have one life. I didn’t really understand what that meant until recently. You have to live your life to the fullest and you have to love as hard as you can love.”

“My relationship with Cory made me feel like I could reach for the stars and more,” – to Seventeen in 2014

“I really woke up every single day feeling like I was in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life. There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together, I consider myself very lucky.” – to TV Week Australia

“It is important to have someone that supports you and encourage you, someone that makes you feel that you are unstoppable, that you can do anything in the world because you have him. – to Marie Claire Mexico in 2013

“I really think finding someone that you are best friends with is the secret, to Life & Style in 2013