Cory Monteith, star of the hit teen musical drama Glee, has reportedly checked himself into rehab!
According to E! News the actor, who has a history of substance abuse, voluntarily admitted himself into the ‘treatment facility’ for substance addiction, with the full support of his girlfriend, and Glee co-star, Lea Michelle.
A representative of the star, who plays Finn in the hit US show broadcast over here on Sky One, has released a statement in which it was said:
“Cory Monteith has voluntarily admitted himself into a treatment facility for substance addiction. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery,”
Discussing his repeated issues with addiction to Prada magazine in 2011 the actor admitted that he was lucky to be alive after going off the rails at just 16 years old.
After attending 12 different schools, including alternative programs for troubled teens, he eventually quit school at the age of 16. By that time, his drug and alcohol addiction had increased and Monteith turned to petty crimes, such as stealing money from friends and family, in order to fund his addictions. The turning point in Monteith’s life came when his mother and a group of friends staged an intervention, and he was sent to rehab at 19.
Looking back, Monteith stated “I’m lucky on so many counts—I’m lucky to be alive.” He eventually received his high school diploma in 2011 from an alternative school he had attended in his youth in Victoria, British Columbia.
Friends and co-workers of Monteith have all come out in force to support the troubled actor, with Lea Michelle, who plays Rachel Berry in the hit show and who has been dating Monteith since early on in the show, took to social networking site Twitter, to tell fans:
“Feeling so grateful today.”
Meanwhile the production team at the hit show have also released a statement about the actor, with a representative commenting: “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment. Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return,”
Watch an interview with Monteith discussing his troubled past in the clip below: