Some sad and suprising news to report today as PEOPLE magazine is reporting Glee actor Cory Monteith has checked into rehab.
The actor “has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction,” his rep tells PEOPLE. “He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”
Cory, 30, who is dating costar Lea Michele, has struggled with substance abuse in the past. He revealed in a 2011 interview that he had been in rehab before at the age of 19.
In the same interview, he stated he hoped being open about his struggle with addiction would help others. “I don’t want kids to think it’s okay to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too,” he said in 2011. “But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it.”
Deadline is also reporting that Cory will miss the last two episodes of Glee this season that have yet to be filmed. The absence of Cory’s character Finn will be explained to viewers.
The good news is that Cory is getting a ton of support from both his girlfriend and boss.
“I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this,” Lea, 26, tells PEOPLE. “I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”
As for what exactly Cory’s in rehab for, we suspect it’s for drugs and alcohol as he previously stated in an interview with Parade that he started abusing alcohol and marijuana at the age of 13.
We wish Cory the best in his recovery.
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