‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Checks Himself Into Rehab
‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith has checked himself into rehab for substance abuse. We’re glad he’s getting the help he needs.
Glee’s Finn Hudson hasn’t had an easy time of it since graduating—but his real-life counterpart, Cory Monteith, seems to be struggling even more. But there’s hope: He’s getting help. According to People, the Glee star has checked himself into rehab.
On Sunday, Cory’s rep announced that the actor “has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”
Cory, who is 30 now, has struggled with substance abuse in the past. In a 2011 interview with Parade, he opened up about his troubled childhood and teen years; after his parents divorced when he was 7, he began having difficulties in school. Although at the age of 5 Cory could read at a fourth grade level, by 13, he was skipping school to get drunk and smoke pot. He dropped out altogether at 16, at which point he’d attended 12 different schools. “I burned a lot of bridges. I was out of control,” he recalled—as were the drugs. He said he did “anything and everything, as much as possible. I had a serious problem.”
He went to rehab for the first time when he was 19 after his mother and a group of friends staged an intervention. But, Cory noted, “I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing.” It was only after he hit what he calls “the crystallizing event” that he decided to turn his life around for good: “I stole a significant amount of money from a family member,” he said. “I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was acry for help. I was confronted and I said, ‘Yeah, it was me.’ It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years.”
The family member gave him an ultimatum: Cory either got clean, or the family member would press charges. He said of the moment, “I was done fighting myself. I finally said, ‘I’m going to start looking at my life and figure out why I’m doing this.’” He moved, quit using, got a job as a roofer, and surrounded himself with sober people—among whom was his first acing coach, Andrew Mcllroy. And the rest, as they say…
20th Century Fox TV, which produces Glee, told the Hollywod Reporter, “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and he fully support his decision to seek treatment. Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.” Additionally, Lea Michele, Cory’s co-star and real-life girlfriend, said, “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”
Hear, hear. The path to recovery is never easy; even when you’ve been clean for a significant amount of time, there’s still the danger that you’ll slip back. We’re glad that Cory recognized that he might be backsliding and that he’s getting the help he needs. We wish him all the best.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.