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Cory Monteith Reveals Troubled Past

Cory Monteith Reveals Troubled Past

Glee star Cory Monteith opens up about his scary past in the new issue of Parade magazine, out Sunday (June 26).

The 29-year-old actor told the mag that by the age of 13, he was skipping school to drink and do drugs – “anything and everything as much as possible,” he said, adding, “I had a serious problem.”

Cory went to rehab at the age of 19 and was finally given an ultimatum by his family to get clean or get turned over to the police for theft charges after he stole a significant amount of money from a family member. “I was done fighting myself,” he said. “I finally said, ‘I’m gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I’m doing this.’”

“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,” Cory told the magazine. “But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can.”

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  • amy

    Good for him!

  • Ned

    flattering airbrush pic

  • Claire

    No clue. That’s sad. :( But everyone has a past. Fortunately, he was able to get on a hit TV show. Not everyone is that lucky.

  • Alice

    Wow. I had no idea. That’s amazing he turned it around, but I agree with Claire that not everyone is lucky enough to have fame and fortune fall in their lap after they’ve cleaned themselves up. It’s difficult to turn it all around and still really struggle in life.

  • sourpatch575

    WOAHH! I never knew he was a BAD BOY! shocking!

  • Isabela

    I knew somethings about his past, but not this. it’s really incredable how he make it! i’m so proud of him, but it’s kind of sad too

  • xx

    He’s 29!? He looks so young, maybe 21, 22 at the most.

  • Silv

    nice role model, i had bad times myself and almost dropped trying to be an actor because of shame

  • Miimow

    I never knew !! Come on look at the great man you became. Past is the last and all I’m sure is that I’m very proud of you Cory

  • http://at slig o lambert^________^ cute

    maybe 5

  • Little Kangaroo

    So proud of Cory for coming out about his past. He seems like a very down to earth guy now.
    Glad to see someone who treasured a second chance.

  • Laura

    Wow, I have to commend Cory. It was brave for him to talk to Parade magazine about his troubled past. Its important for kids and even adults to know that it takes a lot of effort to change one’s life around and that every great opportunity doesn’t always come up out of nowhere and just hands it to you, you need to want it and work hard for it. I remember in one interview(?) Cory said that he drove all the way from Canada to LA for the glee audition for 20hrs without stopping. Now that’s a trooper (:

  • BEAN

    Aw I love this guy!

  • Jess

    Props to him for opening up about his past on his own terms. It could have gotten out some other way and been ugly. Glad he owned up to it. And he’s absolutely right. Not everyone is as lucky as he is to turn their life around and become famouse.

  • QQ

    I’m very happy he turned his life around! I met Cory a couple weeks ago and he was incredibly sweet, extremely handsome, and very well put together. He took his time with everyone who wanted to speak with him, get an autograph, or take a photo. Plus those dimples are to die for ;)

  • Lisa

    Not everyone is lucky but Cory turned his life around with sheer determination and strong will. He wasn’t that great a singer or a dancer at all, but now he’s headlining sold-out concerts at stadiums and arenas. He’s worked so hard to get where he is now. Dare I say it…he is a true role model for troubled teens.

  • Anne

    Among all the actors in the Glee cast, he is the one who always stops for his fans. He’s the sweetest guy.

  • Obviously

    I wonder when he will come out of the closet. Clearly gay.

    Weird that a good looking young guy is never seen with girls? hmm…
    Go gay’em Cory!

  • Mike

    And what was he addicted to? How come it never says

  • @

    OMFG HE’s 29 years old????????????????????

    WOW I thought at best he was like 25 but 29 and he looks like THIS. Thats crazy. Good for him.

  • caro

    29 is young you babies

  • taylor

    He’s still a “good guy” to me. sure, he had a bad past, but obviously he’s turned that around and i don’t think anybody can deny that he’s a sweet guy with a good heart. i feel the same way about this as i felt about demi lovato going to rehab. everybody has problems, everybody goes off track sometimes, but if people take responsibility and work to turn things around, and help others learn from their mistakes, i have complete respect for them. it’s brave of him to talk about his past.

  • British Latin American

    @@: I would agree with the first poster that he looks no older than 21!

  • British Latin American

    @caro: Yeah, but most twenty-nine year-old men look terrible, or at least blah.

  • meliss

    still love him :) i’d always figured there was more to his story when i heard he dropped out of school in grade 9, but seeing the kind of guy he is today, he’s obviously learned a lot over the years and is now living up to his potential. proud of him :) he’s an inspiration for other people struggling with addictions and health issues

  • Rox

    interesting timing. Kudos to his recovery. He hinted at teen troubles when he declared he dropped out after 8th grade. The struggle of addiction and recovery is quite relevant given GLEE storylines are imbedded with teen struggles and triumphs. Some of my fellow GLEEK pals are lot more cynical than I thinking there’s hints of publicity ploy. My best to Cory.

  • Fiery1_cgr

    I knew! My ex was a friend of his and they partied together before in the past. I admire him for speaking out about it and for overcoming his demons.

  • BladeBuster (Jimmy)

    I wanna be just like him,a cool singer and actor.I’m 15 and I don’t have his problems,but this is tough…