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Lea Michele of ‘Scream Queens’ splits with Matthew Paetz

Lea Micheleand Matthew Paetz

Actress Lea Michele and Matthew Paetz, shown in October 2014 at the Foundation for Aids Research gala in Hollywood, have split. 

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Lea Michele is going solo once again: The “Scream Queens” star has split with boyfriend Matthew Paetz.

Michele and Paetz dated for nearly two years before ending their romance earlier this month, People reported on Monday.

The 29-year-old “Glee” alum has reportedly turned to close friends for support and, a source told the mag, “she’s doing fine, focusing on her work, her music and her album.”

Meanwhile, Us Weekly chimed in, with its sources saying Michele was “completely crushed" over the breakup and that Paetz had “had enough” and “won’t take her back.”


Michele is said to have met him on the set of her music video “On My Way,” which was shot in April 2014. You’ll recall, soon after that, seedy rumors surfaced claiming that the dating and lifestyle coach had a past as a gigolo ... or that he coached gigolos.

Once those rumors subsided, Michele still had to contend with the flack she got for moving on with Paetz following the death of her boyfriend and “Glee” costar Cory Monteith, who died of a drug and alcohol overdose in May 2013.

As of January, around the time she and Paetz were spotted on the Lakers kiss cam, the singer-actress told the Fempire podcast that she had to brace herself for vitriol whenever she’d post something about Paetz on Instagram. 

“Every time I post a picture, then it’s just a landslide of comments that talk about my past and bring that up rather than projecting positivity,” she explained. “And even though I don’t think anyone is really projecting hate — it is positive, it’s nothing so terrible — but at the end of the day we have to remember that what we put out there, it manifests and it creates energy. And you should want to be the person who chooses to take that second to do something positive.”


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