Lea Michele spoke for the first time in public of her late boyfriend and former 'Glee' co-star Cory Monteith. She won the award for Choice Actress in a Comedy and in a heartfelt speech thanked fans for their support.
Lea Michele at the unveiling of the redesigned Aqua Star Pool By Estee Stanley at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.
Michele lost her boyfriend and Glee co-star over a month ago and has attempted to remain out of the public eye since. Monteith died on July 13th, aged just 31, he was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room. The British Columbia coroner ruled his cause of death was a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol.
The 26-year-old actress thanked fans profusely for voting for her and for their support over "these past and very difficult few weeks." She said "I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you, and tell everyone out there how much all your love and support has meant to me over these past and very difficult few weeks."
She went on to say she wanted to "dedicate this award to Cory". She spoke of Monteith in glowing terms commenting on "his incredible talent; his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart."
Watch Lea Michele acceptance speech for Choice Actress in a Comedy at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards:
She described Glee fans as "the greatest in the world" and promised together, the cast and fans would work through their grief: "for all of your 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."
Elsewhere at the Teen Choice Awards, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 won awards for Choice Science Fiction and Choice Romance Movie; Sci-Fi actress with Kristen Stewart; Sci-Fi actor with Taylor Lautner; Romance actor with Robert Pattinson and scene stealer for Kellan Lutz. Other successful films included The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Pitch Perfect, for drama and comedy respectively.
Lea Michele and Cory Monteith at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in L.A.
Lea Michele and Cory Montieth at the PaleyFest Icon Awards in L.A.