Lea Michele, 33, was just photographed for the first time since receiving backlash for her behavior on the set of “Glee.”
The pregnant actress showcased her growing baby belly as she walked hand in hand with her husband, Zandy Reich.
Michele, who’s been keeping a low profile in recent weeks wore black maternity leggings and a sleeveless black crop top with a blue bandana around her neck. Reich, 37, looked equally sporty in gray shorts, a black t-shirt, and white bandana.
Despite the recent controversy, the couple seemed closer than ever as they stretched before their workout.
In the last few weeks, the “Glee” actress has received a lot of criticism from former co-stars for her reported bad behavior.
It all started when she shared her support for George Floyd on Twitter. Samantha Marie Ware, who appeared on a few episodes of “Glee,” commented with: “LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISION GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET.”
Several other of Michele’s colleagues agreed with Ware’s comments. Keith Powell from “30 Rock” shared a similar story.
He wrote, “I co-sign on this. Lea Michele is a terrible human and has said terrible things to many different types of people, including racist microaggressions to/about black people.”
“Ru Paul’s Drag Race” contestant Willam Belli called out Michele’s behavior, as well as “Real Housewives of New York’s” Aviva Drescher and “Daybreak” star Jeanté Godlock.
Recently, a source claimed Michele acted poorly while on the set of a L’Oréal campaign in 2012. During a short interview the actress reportedly “stormed out.”
“All the questions and answers were agreed [on] in advance, she just had to answer five questions on camera about her hair routine to a crew hired by L’Oréal. But two questions in, Lea just stood up, said she was done and walked out, leaving everyone standing there in shock. The head of L’Oréal asked if she was coming back, and her mother said, ‘No, she’s not,’” the insider told Page Six.
Heather Morris who starred on “Glee” posted a lengthy statement detailing her own opinion of Michele.
“Let me be very clear, hate is a disease in America that we are trying to cure, so I would never wish for hate to be spread on anyone else,” she wrote.
Morris continued, “With that said, was she unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out. And yet, it’s also on us because to allow it to go on for so long without speaking out is something else we’re learning along with the rest of society.”
“At the current moment it’s implied that she is a racist and although I cannot comment on her beliefs, I think we’re assuming, and you know what happens when we all assume…,” she finished.
After Ware’s comments, Michele was dropped by HelloFresh, despite her public apology on Instagram which received backlash as well.
She wrote, “While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point. What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.”
“I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect my own shortcomings,” she added.