Naya Rivera and Lea Michele were long rumored to be rivals on the set of Glee, and now, one of them has opened up about that so-called feud.
In her new book Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up, Rivera talks about her relationship with her former co-star, and admits that things between them weren’t always gleeful.
“I don’t hate Lea, and I never have,” she begins. “We are both strong-willed and competitive — and that’s not a good mixture. When two people with strong personalities are friends, they’re eventually going to clash. And maybe they’ll get over it; maybe they won’t. Lea and I didn’t.”
The singer/actress (29) goes on to say that the “rumors of a ‘feud’ were blown out of proportion,” but still throws plenty of shade in Michele’s direction.
“I think Rachel — erm, I mean Lea — didn’t like sharing the spotlight,” she writes. “She had a hard time separating work from our outside friendship.”
“Lea was a lot more sensitive, though, and sometimes it seemed like she blamed me for anything and everything that went wrong,” Rivera continues. “If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she assumed I was bitching about her. Soon she started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of season six.”
Regardless of their differences though, Rivera insists she was glad when Michele started dating the late Cory Monteith, as she thought she could be a good influence on him. Sadly, Monteith died of a drug overdose in 2013.
“My personal feelings for Lea aside, I knew that she wasn’t a partier, so I felt like maybe their relationship could actually be good for him,” Rivera writes. “I was happy for Cory to have a stable influence in his life, wherever it was he found it.”