Cory Monteith, the 29-year-old who is known for playing Finn Hudson on FOX’s hit television series Glee, has come out speaking about his past issues with drugs, which he says started at just the age of 13. In an interview that will air in Parade Magazine, he says, “I’m lucky on so many counts, I’m lucky to be alive”. He added that he was using “anything and everything, as much as possible.”
Monteith reveals that his downfall came when his parents divorced at the age of seven, and soon after started using drugs, skipping school, and drinking alcohol. iVillage.com reports that he started rehab at age 19 and that it was unable to cure him. He said that his life started to take a turn for the better after he stole money from a close family members and they threatened to report him to the police that he started making changes. “I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was a cry for help,” he said.
At that point, he decided to move away from the family, got a job working as a roofer, and finally quit doing drugs after roughly six years. Regarding the reason why he decided to reveal his dark past was because he doesn’t “want kids to think it’s okay to drop out of school and get high.” He said that they may one day become famous actors like him, too. He adds, “But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it.”