Actress and singer Lea Michele will be a mom in a few months’ time and now she’s admitting that she needs to be a better person to those around her for the sake of her unborn child. On June 3, Michele took to Instagram to share a statement after she was called out by one of her former Glee co-stars.
On May 29, Michele took to Twitter to denounce the actions of the police officer that kneeled on George Floyd‘s neck ultimately causing his death and all other instances of police brutality. “George Floyd did not deserve this,” Michele wrote along with the hashtag “Black Lives Matter.” “This was not an isolated incident and it must end.”
And while 30,000 people liked the actress’s tweet, several of her co-stars spoke out against her, claiming that Michele made their lives “a living hell” when they worked with her. One of those actors was Sammie Ware.
Ware played Jane Hayward on 14 episodes of Glee alongside the mom-to-be.
But apparently Ware’s experience working with Michele was less than ideal. In fact, Ware said that it was so horrific working alongside Michele, she described it as a “living hell.”
“LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISION GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD ‘SH*T IN MY WIG!’ AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD…”
And Ware wasn’t the only one.
Jeanté Godlock, who worked in the ensemble on Glee, also voiced her complaints against Michele as well. According to Godlock, she used to refer to them as “cockroaches.”
Now Michele is apologizing for her behavior.
“One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people’s perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face. When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color during this really difficult time, but the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them.”
Although Michele claims that she doesn’t remember making the specific statements Ware and more said she made, she also mentions that she has “never judged other by their background or color of their skin.” However, as she continues, “that’s not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.”
“Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pains which I have caused. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”
Michele went on to say she wants to be better in the future and for her unborn.
“I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions so that I can be a real role model for my child,” Michele concluded. “So I can pass along my lessons and mistakes so that they can learn from me. I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future form this experience.”
As a result of Ware’s tweet, one of the company’s Michele partners with “Hello Fresh,” has ended their relationships. People also reports that Michele has reached out to some of her former castmates to continue growing from this experience.
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