Sia Comforts (And Writes A Song) For Lea Michele
I’ve never heard of the artist, Sia, but apparently she and Lea Michele have one thing in common (besides being singers)–both have had boyfriends who have died while they were together, something that is so awful and heartbreaking-ly painful.
Sia was interviewed by the New York Times, recently, where she talked about collaborating with Lea Michele shortly after Cory Monteith’s death. According to Sia, Lea contacted her, asking her to write a song about Monteith–which Sia says that Lea ‘opened up about the experience and “began to sob on the sofa” in the recording studio after Furler played her a sample of the song’ and that they felt a connection, saying:
“Maybe it was because I have a dead boyfriend, too. Maybe I have some shame around it. Maybe I’m embarrassed because I’m writing something so cheesy. Then something like that experience will happen, and I’ll realize maybe I’m not as stupid as I thought — and maybe people aren’t as stupid as I think. It occurs to me that there is value to what I do.”
Here are the relevant lyrics to the song:
“It’s been seven whole days, seven whole days / Since you paralyzed me / Seven whole days, seven whole days / Since you lost your fight / And I can’t get the last words that you said / Can’t get those words out of my head / Seven whole days, seven whole days / And four words.”
Here are the lyrics to the last conversation that Lea and Corey had:
“You said, ‘I love you girl,’ / I said, ‘I love you more,’ / Then a breath, a pause, you said, ‘If you say so.'”
This entire thing makes me sad, because the only thing (as far as I am concerned) that made Lea likeable in the slightest sense was her relationship with Corey. They both seemed to be very devoted to one another. I remember, shortly before he died, seeing a picture of both of them on the beach–Lea was behind him, hugging him as hard as she could. It was a very sweet moment, I think.
In the wake of the recent celebrity deaths–especially due to drugs–I hope that Lea doesn’t feel like it’s her fault, that she pushed him into doing something, that she pushed him into not doing something (like getting sober/clean). I really feel for her, and for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s widow, Mimi O’Donnell. I think Lea was lucky that she could hide out a bit, because I don’t remember seeing cameras shoved up her face, like it was when PSH died–there were cameras all over her, and I just felt incredibly bad for her, and her kids. I hope she (and Lea) don’t feel like it’s their fault.
Anyway, as sad as it is, Lea’s grief at losing her boyfriend is probably what humanized her somewhat for me. Because I can’t stand Lea, and the only thing, other than this, that makes me have some respect for her is that she refused to get a nose job. Other than that–I can’t stand her. I’ve heard way too many stories about how smug and arrogant she is, and you can tell that by how she poses on the red carpet like she’s Angelina Jolie, come down to grace the peasants with her presence–or is she another Goop (Gwyneth Paltrow)?