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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.”

For more from Cory, visit Parade.com.

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