"Breathe Me" singer Furler, whose own boyfriend Dan was killed in a car accident in the '90s, worked with Michele on her debut solo studio album Louder at a highly sensitive time, months after Monteith's July 2013 death at the age of 31.
In a new interview with The New York Times Magazine, Furler, 38, discussed writing the emotional track "If You Say So" with Michele, and the role she played in the Glee star's recovery.
The Australian artist, who has written for huge stars including Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, and Britney Spears, told the publication that Michele approached her, asking for help in crafting a song about Monteith. The actress, 27, opened up about the experience and "began to sob on the sofa" in the recording studio after Furler played her a sample of the song, Furler told the NYT.
"Maybe it was because I have a dead boyfriend, too," Furler told the magazine about making a connection with Michele. She went on to touch on her feelings about penning the emotional track for the singer, adding, "Maybe I have some shame around it. Maybe I’m embarrassed because I’m writing something so cheesy. Then something like that experience will happen, and I’ll realize maybe I’m not as stupid as I thought — and maybe people aren’t as stupid as I think. It occurs to me that there is value to what I do."
Featured on Michele's new album, the heart-wrenching "If You Say So" has the singer crooning, "It's been seven whole days, seven whole days / Since you paralyzed me / Seven whole days, 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."
Michele goes on to sing about last four words Monteith said to her, singing, "You said, 'I love you girl,' / I said, 'I love you more,' / Then a breath, a pause, you said, 'If you say so.'"
While she has penned major hits for other artists in recent years, Furler is set to release her first personal album since 2010 later this year. Named 1000 Forms of Fear, the album is scheduled to hit stores in June, led by the single "Chandelier."