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‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Checks Into Rehab for Substance Abuse

Cory Monteith and girlfriend Lea Michele (Getty Images)“Glee” actor Cory Monteith has checked into rehab for substance abuse. The 30-year-old “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,” his rep tells omg!.

This isn’t the actor’s first time seeking treatment. Monteith shared past struggles with drug abuse during a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, revealing that he “had a serious problem” and that his mother and friends staged an intervention when he was 19, three years after he had dropped out of high school.

“That’s when I first went to rehab. I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing,” he told Parade. Later, he stole money from a family member, an act he knew would get him caught. “I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was a cry for help," he sad in the 2011 interview. "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.”

Monteith’s “Glee” co-star and girlfriend Lea Michele – whom he has been dating for more than a year – is proudly supporting her man. "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this," she told People after the news broke on Sunday. "I am grateful and proud he made this decision."

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