In a heartfelt speech at yesterday's Teen Choice Awards, made an impassioned tribute to her late boyfriend, . The Glee actress was moved by the overwhelming support from fans and the Glee cast, also in attendance. The moment was bittersweet for Lea Michele, as she was honored with the Choice TV Actress: Comedy award less than a month after the death of her boyfriend and co-star, Cory Monteith.
Brave Lea choked back tears to give an emotional address to the Teen Choice audience:
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.
Cory Monteith played the lovable Finn Hudson in the hit TV show, gaining fans and admirers across the world as Glee-mania swept the globe. The Glee cast, including , and , all attended to show their love and support for Lea and Cory. Following Monteith's tragic death from a drug overdose on July 13th, 2013, Glee has lost its leading man, but Lea and all who knew Cory lost so much more. Lea Michele added:
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.
(Mercedes Jones) also spoke up about the heartbreak felt by the entire cast following Cory Monteith's passing:
We just want to say, although we lost someone that we really love, and that all of you guys love too, we are very fortunate to come back to a show where we feel the love of family, Cory was like a brother to us, like a dad. He was always ready to sign an autograph or take a picture with a fan, and he loves you Gleeks. And he loves his fans.
The love story of Lea and Cory may have ended sadly, but there is no doubt that they have the continuing love and camaraderie that has made Glee the sensation that it is. Let's hope that the Glee cast can support Lea Michele through the difficult times ahead.