updated 04/01/2013 AT 10:30 AM ET
•originally published 03/31/2013 AT 11:25 PM ET
“I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”
Michele and Monteith took their romance public in April of last year and have been spotted around Los Angeles together, most recently at a Los Angeles Kings game on March 23.