At the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, Lea Michele made her first public appearance since Cory Monteith, her boyfriend and Glee co-star, passed away from an accidental overdose on July 13th. Looking positively beautiful in a cheerful pink dress and matching shoes, Michele, 26, shocked fans when she walked on-stage to accept her award in-person for “Choice TV Actress in a Comedy” (as Rachel Berry on Glee). The actress beamed with sincerity as she fought back tears through a smile, often clasping her silver “Cory” necklace.

Michele’s touching tribute to Cory and her fans showed strength, courage and a special kind of beauty that you don’t find every day in Hollywood. Our hearts and thoughts are with you, Lea!

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