Chuck this up to the last thing you ever expected to wake up to on a Monday. News broke last night that Glee star Cory Monteith has checked into rehab. The actor "voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction," his rep told People.
Wow. It's always so weird hearing something like this without seeing any signs in the media. Unlike, say, Lindsay Lohan, we haven't seen Cory going out partying until the wee hours of the morning with girlfriend Lea Michele by his side. This is something that's happened privately, and now it's something he wants to get over to continue on in his career.
In my eyes -- this is an admirable decision on Monteith's part. He knows he needs help, he wants to get better, and that's exactly what he's going to do.
Unfortunately, rehab is a place Monteith has been before. Back at age 19, the actor went to seek help after his addiction got out of control just after dropping out of school for good. When rehab wasn't working, it was finally a family member who told him he either had to clean up his act or they would turn him into the police.
Since then he's come a long way, and being able to say "I need help" and actually follow through, that's honorable. On the upside, Cory has the support of Lea who issued a statement herself saying that she "loves and supports Cory and will stand by him through this."
And it's not just Lea's support he has. If you head on over to Twitter, you'll see an outpouring of love from his fans. The motivation is definitely there. There's no doubt in my mind that with his girlfriend, friends, family, and fans praying for his healthy recovery -- he'll come out of this thing stronger and more thankful for what he has than ever before.
Does this surprise you?
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