There wasn’t a dry eye in the house at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards when Glee star Lea Michele made a surprise appearance to accept her award for Choice TV Actress in a Comedy.
The actress — who tragically lost boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith last month to a heroin overdose — thanked fans for their support over the past few heartbreaking weeks.
“I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and tell everyone out there how much all of your love and support has meant to me over these past very difficult few weeks,” Michele told the emotional crowd. “Not that I had any doubt before, but you guys are most certainly the greatest fans in the world.”
Michele fought back tears during her brave speech and dedicated her award to her late boyfriend.
“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,” she said. “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. So whether you knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and became a part of all of our hearts — and that’s where he’ll stay forever.”
Monteith’s Glee co-stars also paid tribute to their friend while accepting the award for Choice TV Comedy.
“[Cory was] always ready to sign an autograph or take a picture with a fan… He loved you Gleeks,” star Amber Riley told the cheering crowd.