Glee star checks himself into rehab

Last updated 17:00 01/04/2013
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CORY MONTEITH: The 30-year-old Glee actor has checked himself into rehab for substance addiction.

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Glee star Cory Monteith has checked into rehab for substance addiction.

The 30-year-old television actor has entered a treatment facility on his own volition, People magazine reports.

The actor's representative confirmed the news on Easter Sunday (local time).

Monteith "has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction," the spokesperson said.

"He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery."

Monteith's rep declined to elaborate on the nature of the star's addiction.

The Canadian actor and musician has been candid about his battle with substance abuse in the past.

He entered rehab for the first time at age 19 and two years ago broke his silence in a bid to help others sharing his struggle.

"I don't want kids to think it's OK to drop out of school and get high, and they'll be famous actors, too," he said in 2011.

"But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it."

Monteith rose to fame playing Finn Hudson on hit US TV musical show Glee.

He struck up a friendship with co-star Lea Michele on set and the pair's relationship turned romantic last year.

The actor's spokesperson had not commented on the status of their relationship at press time.

Michele has spoken previously about how she cherished the opportunity to professionally collaborate with Monteith.

"He really, really inspires me, and he motivates me and I think he's just so talented," she told People.

"Working with him has been one of the best experiences of this whole process. I'm so happy."

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