Lea Michele

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Understandably so, Lea Michele wanted to get away over the weekend.

E! News has exclusively learned that the Glee star spent the anniversary of former boyfriend Cory Monteith's death at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito alongside her gal-pals and boyfriend, Matthew Paetz. "She was in Los Angeles when she got the news that Cory died," a source tells us. "So she was not going to stay in LA over his anniversary."

The insider adds that everyone had a great time, relaxing and hanging out at the spa. However, Lea did take some time to pay tribute to the fallen star on Twitter.

With a photo of Cory hugging Lea, the actress tweeted, "We hold you in our hearts today, and every day we remember your smile. We will love you and miss you always."

Lea first broke her silence on the tragedy while accepting a Teen Choice Award in August 2013, emotionally telling the audience and viewers, "For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that with your love, we're going to get through this together.

"He was very special to me and also to the world, and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart. So whether you knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts, and that's where he'll stay forever."

The Glee actor, 31, was found at the Fairmont Pacific Hotel in Vancouver on July 13, 2013, and died of mixed drug toxicity, with heroin and alcohol found in his system.

—Reporting by Baker Machado

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