Lea Michele Makes First Public Appearance, Pays Tribute To Cory Monteith At Teen Choice Awards

Amelia McDonell-Parry | August 12, 2013 - 9:20 am

Well, this sure is a tearjerker. At last night’s Teen Choice Awards, Lea Michele — the girlfriend/costar of “Glee”‘s Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose last month — took to the stage to accept an award, her first public appearance since his death. On stage, surrounded by her “Glee” castmates, Michele (who was wearing a necklace that read “Cory”) tearfully thanked the fans for their love and support “these very difficult past few weeks.” She continued:

“I wanted to dedicate this award to Cory. For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that with your love we’re going to 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 knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts and that’s where he will stay forever.”

[Us Weekly]