Los Angeles: Actress Lea Michele dedicated her Teen Choice Award to late boyfriend and `Glee` co-star Cory Monteith.
The brunette beauty, who declined to walk the turquoise carpet at the Gibson Amphitheatre in LA, gave an emotional speech as she picked up the prize for Choice TV Actress: Comedy in her first public appearance since Monteith`s death on July 13, reported Us magazine.
"Thank you, guys. 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.
"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.
"So whether you knew him personally or just as [his `Glee` character] Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts and that`s where he will stay forever. So thank you guys so much. Thank you," said Michele, who was joined on stage by castmates Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley and Kevin McHale for moral support.