Cory Monteith of the FOX musical comedy series "Glee" has checked himself into rehab to battle substance addiction, more than a decade after he battled a drug problem as a teenager.
A spokesperson for the 30-year-old Canadian actor confirmed the news to OTRC.com on Monday, April 1, following a People magazine report. Monteith plays Finn Hudson on "Glee," whose current fourth season is on a scheduled hiatus until April 11.
"Cory Monteith has voluntarily admitted himself into a treatment facility for substance addiction," the actor's rep told OTRC.com. "He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery."
No further details, such as Monteith's specific ailment, have been released. Monteith had said in an interview with Parade magazine in 2011 that as a teenager, he battled a "serious problem" with drugs. He told the outlet that by age 16, he quit school after attending 12 of them, was "out of control" and was doing "anything and everything, as much as possible."
Monteith told Parade that his mother and friends staged an intervention when he was 19 and that he then went to rehab for the first time. The outlet said he eventually quit his drug habit, worked as a roofer and then became an actor. "Glee," his first major TV project, debuted in 2009.
"Glee" colleagues react
Monteith's girlfriend Lea Michele, who plays his character's love interest Rachel Berry, told People magazine, in response to the news about his return to rehab: "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision."