The Teen Choice Awards turned somber for a few moments, as Lea Michele won Choice TV Comedy Actress during the broadcast on Sunday night. To the viewer’s surprise, Lea Michele attended the award show.
When Lea Michele’s name was announced, the Glee actress walked on stage, to make her acceptance speech. The moment was bittersweet for the actress, who lost her boyfriend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith nearly a month ago. The actor overdosed on a fatal mix of heroin and alcohol on July 13 in a Vancouver hotel room.
Michele tearfully dedicated the award to her boyfriend of almost two years, and could barely get out her heartfelt words during her speech. Michele told the audience, who at that point were feeling the emotion:
“He was very special to me and also to the world and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart.”
Michele continued on with her speech with her hand to her heart, which was covering her “Cory” necklace that Michele has been seen wearing since Monteith’s passing.
“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’ll stay for ever. Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts, and that’s where he’ll stay for ever.”
Since Cory Monteith’s passing, Lea Michele, and the rest of the cast of Glee have felt the full support of their fans. Michele made her first public address on Twitter a little over two weeks after Monteith’s passing. At the time she tweeted: “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart.”
Glee is currently filming their upcoming fifth season, which had to undergo huge changes after the news broke of Monteith’s passing. Creator Ryan Murphy broke the news that Monteith’s death will be addressed through the character of Finn Hudson.
Check of Lea Michele’s tearful speech below: