Lea Michele is reportedly set to make her first public appearance since the death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith when she rocks up to the Teen Choice Awards in LA with her fellow Glee cast members this weekend.
Although she’s been seen out and about in recent weeks, first visiting a friend’s baby shower in Beverley Hills and then returning to the Glee set to beging filming Season 5, the 26-year-old actress has yet to walk a red carpet since the tragic event. But with friend and Glee co-star Darren Criss hosting this year’s awards ceremony on Sunday at the Gibson Amphitheatre, it looks like Lea could be dusting off her glad rags for the special event.
“Right now Lea is planning to attend the Teen Choice Awards next week with the entire [Glee] cast.”, a source told HollywoodLife. “Ryan Murphy has given her total control on all the decisions for Glee, even the promotional stuff.
“It was Lea’s choice that they skip the FOX summer party last week – it was just too soon for her – but she feels like she wants to do the Teen Choice Awards because it has a lot of personal meaning for her – but also for the fans.”
Lea, who tragically lost her co-star boyfriend to a drug overdose last month, has attended the celeb-packed awards show for the past three years with Cory by her side, so this year’s ceremony will no doubt be a painful reminder of his absence.
“It’s going to be really hard because she has so many memories there with Cory, but she thinks it’s the right event to do,” the source continued. “She’s also talking about doing a tribute to Cory because he really loved that award show and it would be a good way for the cast and the fans to honor him.
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“Things go up and down for Lea every day and everyone is making sure that she knows she can do whatever feels right for her, but right now Lea’s plan is for her and the rest of the cast to attend”, added the insider.
We hope Lea does decide to go on Sunday. If anyone deserves a night of boogying and bubbles with her pals, it’s this brave lady…
By Robyn Munson
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