Lea Michele made her first public appearance since her boyfriends July 13th death. The 26-year-old actress attended the Teen Choice Awards in Universal City, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 11, and paid tribute to the late actor while accepting the award for Choice TV Actress: Comedy.
A very emotional and appreciative Michele was greeted by loud cheers when she walked out on stage moments after the rest of the Glee cast accepted an award for Best TV Comedy.
“Thank you, guys. Thank you. I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and tell everyone out there how much your love and support has meant to me over these very difficult past few weeks. Not that I had any doubt before, but you guys are most certainly the greatest fans in the world,” she tearfully said.
“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.”
She added, “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. So thank you guys so much. Thank you.
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