In her first public appearance following the July 13 death of Cory Monteith, a grieving Lea Michele took to the stage at Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards to dedicate her award to her late boyfriend.
Michele, who won the award for Choice TV Actress in a comedy for her role in popular Fox series "Glee," wore a necklace that said “Cory” to the show. The 26-year-old actress attempted to focus on the positives as she addressed the room, touching on Monteith’s “beautiful heart,” “handsome smile,” his talent, and lasting impact on the Glee cast.
"I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and tell everyone out there how much all of your love and support has meant to me over these very past difficult few weeks," she said.
Michele then went on to dedicate her award to Monteith by sharing, "For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that with your love we're gonna get through this together. He was very special to me and also to the world."
“We were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart so whether you know him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts,” she added tearfully.
Monteith, who co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards in 2010, died July 13 in Vancouver of an overdose of heroin and alcohol. He was 31.