“Glee” star Cory Monteith has checked into rehab. The 30-year-old actor “has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction,” his rep told PEOPLE in a statement. “He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”
“I burned a lot of bridges,” he said in a 2011 interview with Parade, where he also confessed that when it came to drugs, he was doing “anything and everything, as much as possible . . . I had a serious problem.”
Shockingly, the star did not even earn his high school diploma until about two years ago.
Lea Michele, Monteith’s girlfriend and fellow “Glee” star has issued words of support for her man.
“I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this,” she said in a statement released to PEOPLE. “I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”
The pair first met on the set of “Glee” in 2008 and went public with their relationship last April.
It’s refreshing to see an actor chose to confront their own drug dependency rather than being forced to (see: Lindsay Lohan).
Of course, Monteith is one of many high profile actors who have battled addiction despite seemingly having it all.
Last February Gerard Butler checked into the Betty Ford Clinic while “Grey’s Anatomy” hunk Eric Dane entered a treatment program in 2011.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers has also had several stints in rehab over the course of his career.