Lea Michele Brings Grief for Cory Monteith Public With Incredible Teen Choice Awards Tribute (VIDEO)

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Lea Michele Teen choice AwardsNo one would have blamed Lea Michele if she'd skipped out on the 2013 Teen Choice Awards tonight. It's been just a few weeks since boyfriend Cory Monteith was found dead, and Glee was already well represented with Darren Criss co-hosting (along with Lucy Hale), and most of the cast on hand to accept the show's award for Choice TV Comedy. But Michele showed ... and showed the world how she's handling a very personal tragedy turned very, very public. 

She was noticably absent when a host of Glee stars took the stage to accept their giant surfboard, but when her name was called for best actress in a TV comedy, Michele appeared, suddenly smiling. It was a smile that wavered as she tried -- just thisclose to successfully -- to hold back her tears, as Michele dedicated her award to the love of her life.

And then she did something really amazing.

She opened up about her grief, and she agreed to share Cory with the world.

You could say she didn't have a choice. The world has weighed in on his tragic death and the circumstances around it. He was a star, so his death is public. Period.

But as his girlfriend, Michele very much could have decided to shut the world out and keep her grief private. She could have said, "thanks but no thanks" to the Teen Choice Awards invite. And she could have simply asked the fans to respect her privacy.

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There would be no shame in any of that.

But tonight, Lea Michele decided to share her pain, and in doing that, she showed what a strong and gracious woman she is. As she said in her acceptance speech for her acting award:

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 very past difficult few weeks. Not that I had any doubt before, but you guys are most certainly the greatest fans in the world. 

It was enough to make Michele sound like a woman who really understands what it means to be a celebrity -- who understands why people really get so wrapped up in what happens to people they've never met. But she didn't stop there:

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, and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile, and his beautiful, beautiful heart. 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.

As a fan, I was stunned by Cory's death and saddened too, but I know I can't even begin to imagine what Lea has gone through. Her ability to see through her own grief, to recognize that the kid in audience, the kids who voted for her, could be hurting too, ironically only goes to show what incredible pain must lie beneath the surface of Lea's own beautiful smile.

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She's not just grieving the love of her life, she's having to do it with the whole world watching and weighing in, and she's still able to share ... to remember that Cory wasn't just hers, nor is the pain over his death.

As co-star Jenna Ushkowitz said tonight:

On behalf of our brother and our castmate, we know that Cory would have wanted to dedicate this award to you guys. So our condolences to all of you as well.

Watch the tribute here:

What did you think of Lea's tribute to Cory?

 

Image via Getty Images/Kevin Winter

 

 

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TheTr... TheTruthTeller

The love of her life? I'm sorry, but you are making me nauseous. 

nativ... nativemama18

I am currently watching all the seasons of glee lol I loved Cory as Finn and it's sad he has passed although by his own poor choices it's still a terrible loss

nonmember avatar Axel

Jeanne Sager.. Thank you for your heartfelt article !

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

Yes. I'm terribly jealous of the man who squandered his God given gifts with heroin. I spend every day of my life beating my brains out, trying to keep my mother alive and healthy and this asshole didn't care enough about 'the love of his life' not to shoot up. Pardon me if I don't want to read a fawning post every day about some jerk who didn't value his life as more important than one more fix. They are treating Lea Michele as his widow. She was his girlfriend, not his wife. She'll be madly in love again soon enough.

chech... chechimansmama

@thetruthteller... If you don't want to read the post then don't fucking click on it. It's clear by the fuckin title of the post what it is going to be about. And what does what you do with your mother have to do with his drug addiction disease.

nonmember avatar Angel

Amakenr hit the nail on the head. Don't like the story or what it's about, you are NOT obligated to click on it just to leave a bitchy comment. Voicing your opinion is one thing, that's what this blog site is all about. Telling people they're WRONG and belittling their opinions? Not called for. The article was well written, and it was heartbreaking to see the pain written all over that girl's face. Who are you to say he wasn't the love of her life? Grow up and move on, "TheTruthTeller". I've seen five year olds with more grace than you've shown here.

SaphireH SaphireH

Just ignore, don't give them the attention, those who comment like that are attention whores and trolls.... i broke down crying all over again seeing her and my heart broke for her once more. Just because they weren't married doesn't mean he wasn't the love of her life they were heading that way and isn't that the biggest reason to want to marry and spend the rest of your life with someone is because they are the love of your life? It's sure as hell why i married my husband

bills... billsfan1104

You know, Truthteller has every right to comment on these posts. She isn't personally attacking the bloggers, she is just talking about how they are blogging about this young mans death. They are going overboard. Cory was just an actor on a popular show, that did throw his life away. And nothing wrong with saying that. And maybe if Truthteller and others, keep saying this, maybe the bloggers will get the idea that Cory was not a hero, he was a drug addict and maybe discuss that.

Calling Truthteller a bitch and jealous is uncalled for.

fave82 fave82

No kidding, Immediately resorting to name calling is pretty juvenile.

dnoel18 dnoel18

Millions of impressionable young people watch the show and idolize it's characters please lets stop glorifying drug use and sensationalizing an addicts death and instead bring to life the cold hard facts that death is almost certain when you choose a life of drugs! We are sending our kids the wrong idea no one will blog lovingly if our sons and daughters OD! No friends and neighbors will say " I feel bad BUT.... that's what happens when you're on drugs! Being on drugs doesn't make you a tragically misunderstood hero just because you have money!

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