Cory Monteith Reveals His “Out of Control” Drug Past
“I’m lucky to be alive,” says Cory Monteith in a revealing interviewing with Parade. The “Glee” star opens up about his troubled, drug-riddled past.
By the time Monteith, who grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, was 13, he was skipping school to get drunk and high. And by the age of 16, he had attended a dozen different schools for troubled teens before dropping out entirely. “I was out of control,” admits Monteith, noting he used “anything and everything, as much as possible… I had a serious problem.”
Fearful that her son might die, Monteith’s mom staged an intervention when the actor was 19. “That’s when I first went to rehab. I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing,” says Monteith.
He recalls he then “stole a significant amount of money from a family member… I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was a cry for help. I was confronted and I said, ‘Yeah, it was me.’ It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years.”
It wasn’t the first time “things went missing,” says Monteith, but this time around his family told him to clean up or they’d call the cops. “I finally said, ‘I’m gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I’m doing this.’”
After moving in with a family friend, quitting drugs and working as a roofer, Monteith started taking an acting class and received positive feedback. It was the first time he remembers “working hard and being good at something.” And that’s why he now wants to share his past ordeal. “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,” says Monteith. “But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can.”
This past spring, Monteith earned a high school diploma from a school in Victoria, British Columbia.