“Glee” Star Corey Monteith Enters Rehab, Co-Stars React

In an unfortunate bit of news for “Glee” fans everywhere, in a statement to People, star Cory Monteith admitted he has entered rehab for substance abuse problems. The actor, who first shot to fame just a few short years ago in the leading role of Finn on the popular musical comedy series, revealed the information through his rep, who also asked for respect and privacy on behalf of the young star.

While it may come as a shock to many, Monteith has been quite open in the press regarding his past addictive behaviors and struggles with drugs and alcohol. Already drinking and smoking pot by age 13, the actor underwent his first stint in rehab at the tender age of 19, a part of his past he claims left him with the sentiment: “I’m lucky to be alive.”

Monteith’s co-star and girlfriend, Lea Michele, has already come out with her own statement praising his decision, saying “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”

The 30-year-old Canadian-born actor had been acting since the mid-2000s, taking small parts in films like “Final Destination 3” and TV shows like “Kyle XY” when he got his big break in 2009, landing a role on “Glee.” The immensely popular show has catapulted many of its stars, Michele included, to the A list in a relatively short matter of time. In addition to filming the show, the cast has toured and performed various concert specials, surely adding to the hectic schedules and pressure the young celebs must cope with.

Like Michele, the folks at 20th Century Fox have offered their well wishes to Monteith and “looks forward to his return.” As do we all. So here’s to a hopeful and healthy recovery!

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