Making her first public appearance since Monteith's death, Michele attends the Teen Choice Awards and dedicates her win to the late actor. "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," the actress says from the stage while fighting back tears. "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."
After meeting him on the set of her "On My Way" music video, Michele strikes up a romance with model/actor Matthew Paetz (whom TMZ reports is a former gigolo). The two go public – taking regular hikes in the Hollywood Hills and checking out a Justin Timberlake concert – before moving in together in September.
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