"I want to dedicate this award to Cory. I promise that with your love, we're going to get through this together"
Lea Michele has remained largely quiet since the death of her "Glee" co-star and significant other, Cory Monteith, nearly a month ago. But at Sunday night's Teen Choice Awards, Michele emerged to accept the award for Choice TV Actress: Comedy.
The actress was flanked by her fellow "Glee" stars, who had just won as an ensemble for Choice TV Comedy.
Trying to fight back tears, Michele was full of thanks to those who had supported the musical TV show, not only for their award success, but following the death of Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the show, as well.
"Thank you, guys," Michele said. "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 week."
"Not that I had any doubt before, but you guys are certainly the greatest fans in the world. I want to dedicate this award to Cory. I promise that with your love, we're going to get through this together."
Added fellow "Glee" star Amber Riley during the acceptance of the show's award for Choice TV Comedy: "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."
Michele was making her first public appearance since Monteith's death. The actress and singer first tweeted July 29 about the death of her "Glee" co-star, with whom she was romantically involved.
Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on July 13. An autopsy found that the actor had died of a mix of heroin and alcohol, though his death was ruled accidental.