'Maybe it's because I have a dead boyfriend, too': Sia Furler on bonding with Lea Michele over loss... and how Glee star sobbed on her sofa
Published: 04:25 BST, 21 April 2014 | Updated: 10:57 BST, 21 April 2014
Sia Furler and Lea Michele's song writing session was always going to be an emotional affair.
Sia – whose boyfriend Dan died when he was hit by a car in 1997 – told how Lea spent two hours pouring her heart out as they sat on a sofa in a LA studio a month after the passing of Cory Monteith.
The songwriting sensation - who has been behind hits for Flo Rida, David Guetta, Rihanna and Christina Aguilera - took notes and started a rough version of what would later become the track If You Say So.
Emotional: Sia Furler says Lea Michele was in tears when she first played her the track If You Say So, which was about her late boyfriend Cory Monteith
When she played it back to Lea, the young singer started weeping on the sofa, as she was so touched by how her feelings had been captured.
Sia told the New York Times: 'Maybe it was because I have a dead boyfriend, too.'
But she reflected on how the experience also affected her deeply.
'Maybe I have some shame around it [songwriting],' she admitted. 'Maybe I’m embarrassed because I’m writing something so cheesy.
'Then something like that experience will happen, and I’ll realise maybe I'm not as stupid as I thought - and maybe people aren't as stupid as I think.
Inseparable: Lea and Cory were co-stars on Glee as well as dating off-screen
'It occurs to me that there is value to what I do.'
Lea, 27, has previously talked about how the resulting ballad is based on the last thing she ever said to her boyfriend before he died.
Cory, her Glee co-star and partner, died from a heroin overdose in July last year.
'It's about my last conversation that I had with him,' she told Seventeen. 'I spoke to a woman who lost her son, and she mentioned how grateful she was that the last words she said to her son before he died were, "I love you."
Final words: The ballad If You Say So is about Lea's last conversation with her love and how she is glad her final words to him were 'I love you'
'Mine were that as well. [The song] is just about that. There are lots of different emotions - if you could see this person again, what are the things you would want to say to them? It's a personal story.'
Lyrics to the weepy track include: 'It's been seven whole days / seven whole days since you paralysed me.
'It's been seven whole days since you lost your fight / and I can't get the last words that you said/ can't get those words out of my head/ seven whole days/ seven whole days and four words.'
However, Lea was in a more upbeat mood yesterday as she filmed a video for her latest single, On My Way.
The 27-year-old singer was in a more upbeat mood as she filmed a clip for her recent single On My Way in the desert yesterday
In one scene for the video the singer waved her hands in the air as she and three extras drove through Palmdale, California in a black Ford Mustang.
In another, she danced through the desert clad in a pink top, jean shorts and a shawl.
Australian native Sia moved to London after losing Dan, where she says she lost herself in mourning as well as drink and drugs.
Strong: Lea has been bravely carrying on with her career as she deals with the loss of Cory, who died from a heroin overdose
The bisexual star has previously said: 'I was hanging out with a bunch of kids, doing drugs and suffering.'
Her debut album, 2000's Healing Is Difficult, dealt with her loss, but her demons were not yet behind her and she has admitted she almost took her own life in 2010.
The star went as far as to pen a suicide note as she considered taking a lethal concoction of narcotics.
She was planning to check into a cheap hotel, and left instructions for her dog walker and the hotel manager in the note, writing: 'I’ve killed myself and I don’t want you to have to suffer seeing my dead body'.
Fortunately, a timely call from a friend prompted her to re-evaluate her plan, and she decided to enrol in a 12-step recovery program and take a break from her solo career.
Now retuning to the scene after working as a songwriter, Sia is set to release her sixth studio album 1000 Forms Of Fear, in June this year.
Recovered: Sia says she thought about ending her life in 2010, and even wrote a suicide note, but she has since enrolled in a recovery programme and is now feeling much more positive
Things to do! Lea was seen out and about in Los Angeles on Sunday
Get back inside! Lea's cute pup wanted to go along, but was ushered back inside