Lea Michele, 33, walked hand in hand with her husband, Zandy Reich, on Monday (July 20) morning around their Santa Monica neighborhood.
Michele, who’s currently expecting her first child, gently touched her baby bump while the two got some exercise. She wore a black dress and matching face mask, while Riech sported workout shorts and a t-shirt.
This is only the second time Michele has been spotted since her “Glee” co-star, Naya Rivera was pronounced dead on July 13. This was also the seven-year anniversary of Cory Monteith’s death, who also starred on “Glee,” and was Michele’s boyfriend at the time of his accidental overdose.
Rivera, who played Santana Lopez on the long-running show, went missing after renting a boat with her four-year-old son Josey on July 8.
After the actress didn’t return the boat on time, Josey was found asleep on the boat. Rivera was declared a missing person.
Five days later, authorities found her body floating in Lake Piru.
It’s believed she and her son were caught in a rip current while swimming in the lake. And while Rivera was able to help Josey back on board, she didn’t have enough strength to save herself.
Michele has received a lot of backlash recently. A few months ago, former “Glee” actress Samantha Ware accused Michele of bad behavior on set.
Shortly after, several of Michele’s co-stars revealed similar stories.
After Rivera’s disappearance, fans attacked Michele on social media for staying quiet.
Michele and Rivera reportedly didn’t get along well on set. In Rivera’s 2016 memoir, “Sorry Not Sorry,” she gave more insight into their relationship.
“One of the Glee writers once said that Lea and I were like two sides of the same battery and that about sums us up. We are both strong-willed and competitive—not just with each other but with everyone—and that’s not a good mixture,” Rivera wrote.
She continued, “As the show progressed, though, that friendship started to break down, especially as Santana moved from a background character to one with bigger plot lines and more screen time. I think Rachel—erm, I mean Lea—didn’t like sharing the spotlight.”
“On top of that, she had a hard time separating work from our outside friendship, whereas it was a lot easier for me.”
“If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she’d assumed I was bitching about her. Soon, she started to ignore me, and eventually, it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of Season 6,” she revealed.
“Lea and I definitely weren’t the best of friends, and I doubt we’ll ever sit on her couch and eat kale together again, but the rumors of our ‘feud’ were blown out of proportion,” Rivera made clear.
Following the nasty comments on Twitter a few days ago, Michele deactivated her account.
However, once news broke of Rivera’s death, Michele took to her Instagram story to share a photo of Rivera. She also shared a photo of her ex-boyfriend, Cory Monteith.