The ‘Glee’ star admits he used to steal ‘significant’ amounts of money to support his drug use and says he’s ‘lucky to be alive.’
Cory Monteith opens up in a new interview with Parade magazine, where he confesses he used to steal money to support his drug habit that began when he was 13. The Glee star, who dropped out of high school at age 16 after having attended 12 schools in Victoria, British Columbia, admits, “I was out of control. [I used] anything and everything, as much as possible. I had a serious problem.”
Cory reveals his mother, who raised him after divorcing his parents divorced when he was 7, staged an intervention along with a group of friends when Cory was 19, because they were afraid he “could die.”
“I’m lucky to be alive,” admits Cory.
“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 didn’t start becoming serious about getting clean until he “stole a significant amount of money from a family member.” The Monte Carlo actor admits, “I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was a cry for help.” He also reveals, “A lot of things went missing when I was around; I had high overhead to take care of.”
Cory’s family member told him he had a choice: get clean or he’d be reported to the police.
“I was done fighting myself,” said Cory, who proceeded to move in with a family friend in a nearby Canadian city. He quit drugs, started a job as a roofer and worked with an acting coach, which lead him to where he is now.
“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,” explains Cory. “But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can.”
Cory recently received a high school diploma from an alternative school he went to in Victoria, British Columbia. Congratulations!
It is so refreshing to hear such a candid and heartfelt account of a troubled past which through hard work and dedication has turned Cory into an inspirational role model. Are you proud of Cory for revealing so much about his hardships? Are you surprised to hear what he’s gone through?