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Cory Monteith Recalls Youth As Alcoholic, Drug-Addicted High School Drop-Out

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Cory Monteith is best known for his role as Finn Hudson on Glee, but before he struck gold on the series, he has revealed that he spent a better part of his youth as a drug-addicted, alcoholic high school drop out…and all by the time he was 16!

And despite a stint in rehab, the only thing that helped him get his life together was an ultimatum from his family that they would press charges against him for stealing from them!

He explains:

"I’m not Finn Hudson. I’m lucky on so many counts—I’m lucky to be alive. I had a serious problem [with drugs and alcohol]. Anything and everything, as much as possible. I burned a lot of bridges. I was out of control. [At 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. I 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. A lot of things went missing when I was around; I had high overhead to take care of. I was done fighting myself. I finally said, ‘I’m gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I’m doing this.’ 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. … But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can."

Wow. So candid!

And you'd never expect him to be one of those kids!

Proof that ANYONE can be led astray!

But also a reminder that no matter how bad your life can get, there's always the opportunity to turn it around.

Cory found his passion and drive in acting, and we sincerely hope to that young men in similar situations can somehow persevere and find what makes them want to be better!

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15 comments to “Cory Monteith Recalls Youth As Alcoholic, Drug-Addicted High School Drop-Out”



  1. 1

    He looks like a YOUNG Ben Affleck



  2. 2

    Wow go him

    Glad he got straightened out



  3. 3

    Is bitch wearin' a WIG?!?



  4. 4

    I so wanna ride his COCK!!



  5. 5

    this story completely shocked me, but it has made me love him even more. He is an inspiration and proof that you can turn your life into something more.



  6. 6

    Gay!

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    7

    REALLY?! WOW. OPIE WAS A DOPEY, LOL.



  8. 8

    That explains why he sounds like such a dope in interviews. But good for him for cleaning up.



  9. 9

    i believe he dropped out when he was 14…crazy. what a rags to riches story, if only more drug addicts could get on their feet like this! good work, cory, i hope this story inspires!



  10. 10

    a dope in interviews? what? I always thought he spoke so eloquently in interviews compared to most actors nowadays



  11. 11

    I had no idea, I'm quite shocked actually, it's weird you think you see someone on the tv and magazines all the time, that you actually "know" them. Good for him, I just became an even bigger fan!



  12. 12

    Wow sponsorship dropped too…look at the ads. I give you 2 years tops before you're back on ventura.



  13. 13

    Love him even more than I did before.



  14. 14

    This isn't the first time he's talked about it, he talked to the Rolling Stone last year but didn't go into much detail. He also gave interviews with some Canadian newspapers about his troubled youth. Anyway, I'm so glad he got himself together. His story is a true inspiration to all the troubled teens out there. Go Cory!



  15. 15

    Such a great story. Not many actors will admit the troubles in their past. I'm glad that he has over come his addictation and manage to go back to high school at his age. Good for him.