14/08/2014 12:32 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Lea Michele Opens Up About Fiance Cory Monteith At Teen Choice Awards: 'He Was Very Special To Me'

Glee actress Lea Michele has made her first public appearance following the death of her fiance Cory Monteith. The 26-year-old took to the stage at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday and tearfully addressed the audience as she accepted the award for Choice TV Actress.

lea michele talks about cory monteith at teen choice awards

"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 difficult past few weeks," she said.

"Not that I had any doubt before, but you guys are most certainly the greatest fans in the world."

Holding back the tears, she continued, "I wanted to dedicate this award to Cory, and for all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did. I promise that with your love, we'll get through this together.

"He was very special to me and to the world, and we were all lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart.

"And whether you knew him personally or as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became part of all our heats - and that's where he'll stay forever."

Watch Lea's emotional speech here...