updated 01/29/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/30/2014 AT 9:00 AM ET
Though she usually remains tight-lipped about her relationship with boyfriend and Glee costar Cory Monteith – and the pain she s experienced since his death from an accidental drug overdose last July – Lea Michele has given a surprisingly candid interview.
Speaking to Teen Vogue for its March issue, Michele, 27, discusses her upcoming new album, Louder and Monteith’s constant support of her goals.
“My relationship with Cory made me feel like I could reach for the stars and more,” she told the magazine. (To see her photo shoot, click here.) “He would be like, ‘You’re going to be a pop star!’ ”
“I’m focusing on my job and taking care of myself,” she says. “Maybe in a little while I’ll be like, ‘What do I want?’ But I’m not quite there yet.”
For more from Michele, including how Monteith continues to inspire her, also check out the current issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday