Lea Michele addresses past rumors claiming she can't read

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Days before her upcoming debut as Fanny Brice in Broadway's, Funny Girl, Lea Michele finally spoke about past rumors claiming she can't read.

Michele addressed a rumor that once circulated about her not being able to read or write in a recent article in the New York Times. (According to i-D, the online rumor traces back to a Facebook Live video made by podcasters in 2017, and due to several viral TikToks and social media threads in recent years pushed a conspiracy theory that Michele never learned to read, with people claiming to show "evidence.")

"I went to Glee every single day; I knew my lines every single day," Michele told New York Times. "And then there's a rumor online that I can't read or write? It's sad. It really is. I think often if I were a man, a lot of this wouldn't be the case."

Michele previously joked about the rumors when they bubbled up back in March 2018. She set the record straight with a sense of humor, tweeting to a fan who said she must be "laughing her head off right now" about it: "Loved READING this tweet and wanted to WRITE you back? literally laughing out loud at all this? love you!!! ? ❤️."