Glee star Lea Michele made her first TV appearance August 11 since the death of her co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith in July. Accepting the award for Choice TV Actress, she dedicated the award to Monteith and said to legions of Gleeks that “we’re going to get through this together.”
“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,” she continued. “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 forever, so thank you guys so much.”
Last week, Michele released her first on-set photo from Glee since Monteith’s death. The Fox series will return Sept. 26 and feature a tribute to Monteith in the third episode of the season.
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