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Cory Monteith Checks Into Rehab for Substance Addiction

April 1, 2013
Cory Monteith Checks Into Rehab for Substance Addiction
Cory Monteith Checks Into Rehab for Substance Addiction

Cory Monteith has called a time out. The Glee star, 30, has checked into rehab, his rep tells Us Weekly. "Cory Monteith has voluntarily admitted himself into a treatment facility for substance addiction," his rep says in a statement. "He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery."

"Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment," 20th Century Fox TV, which produces the hit musical series, said in a statement. "Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return."

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It's not the first rehab stint for the British Columbia-born actor. In a revealing 2011 interview with Parade, Monteith revealed that he dropped out of school at age 16 and hit drugs and alcohol hard. "I burned a lot of bridges," the FOX star admitted. As for his drug use, Monteith revealed he did "anything and everything, as much as possible . . . I had a serious problem."

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Fearing he "could die," Monteith's family and friends staged an intervention when he was 19. "That's when I first went to rehab," he told Parade. "I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing."

He reached rock bottom when he was caught stealing "a significant amount of money from a family member . . . I was so desperate I didn't care. It was a cry for help," he revealed. Given an ultimatum by his family -- get clean and sober or be turned over to cops -- Monteith finally kicked his habit, got a job as a roofer, and began working with an acting coach.

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"This is a total surprise," a source close to the star tells Us. "He has always been very honest about how he struggled."

Just a few weeks ago, Monteith and girlfriend/Glee costar Lea Michele -- they've been dating for over a year -- were all smiles at a family wedding near Vancouver.

For her part, Michele, 26, tweeted on Sunday: "Feeling so grateful today <3"

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Cory Monteith Checks Into Rehab for Substance Addiction