Lea Michele Speaks Out About Cory Monteith's Tragic Death

Lea MicheleLea Michele has finally spoken out about the death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith due to an overdose of heroin and alcohol. She told People magazine through her representatives:

Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she's received from family, friends, and fans. Since Cory's passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them.

They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family.

During this devastating time, it's natural that Lea would turn to Cory's family for support, and they to her.

Cory grew up in Canada. His mother was an interior decorator and his father served in the military. They divorced when he was 7 years old, and Cory and his brother, Shaun, lived with their mother.

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He began using alcohol and marijuana at 13, and getting into trouble at school. In fact, Cory attended no less than 16 schools, including some for troubled teens. He even turned to stealing from friends and family to support his habit. He dropped out of school at 16 to pursue a career in the arts.

Cory once said that his substance abuse was tied to feeling like he "didn't fit in." It goes to show that no matter how handsome or talented a person may be, self-doubt and esteem issues can attack. He told a magazine that he "hadn't found" himself. Drugs can numb your mind to the point where those demons don't howl so loudly. But they don't silence them. Only learning to accept and love yourself -- with all of your "flaws," doubts, and insecurities -- can do that.

At 19, his family staged an intervention and he went to rehab. He once said he was "lucky to be alive." He soon began getting small acting jobs and at 27 was thrust to superstardom when he was cast as Finn Hudson in Glee.

Despite his success, Cory continued to struggle with substance abuse and in March he checked himself into rehab. His girlfriend, Lea, stuck by him during this time and said how "proud" she was of him.

It looked like he might be out of the woods, but as anyone who has had an addiction knows, it's not that simple. An addict is an addict every day of his life, whether or not he is using. Terribly, Cory couldn't overcome it.

Lea must be devastated to learn that Cory was still using. A lot of people think she must have known, but I doubt it. Addicts are very good at hiding the extent of their addiction. But reportedly, friends and family were worried about the "double life" he led as a clean and sober person in L.A. and a partier in Canada. However, he apparently pulled away as family tried to help him. The truth is that an addict can really only help himself at the end of the day.

Cory's family are really the main people who understood Cory's struggle -- along with Lea. So it's understandable that they would lean on each other at this time. Hopefully, they can offer each other some solace.

Have you ever been involved with an addict?


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Defiantly something I would never do knowingly.I wouldn't even consider someone who is recovering and living a sober life. I know people who are with alcoholics and they don't drink and constantly complain about it but they knew that before they got married so it's irritating to hear them complain about it now.

nonmember avatar Laurie

When I met my husband I had been blissfully unaware of the hardships an addict faces. My husband was addicted to pain pills. He had tried, and sold, street drugs as a teen but his mother and doctor got him hooked on pain pills when he began playing football in middle school. They wanted him to be a "football star". Unfortunately it became a full on addiction and when I met him 3 years ago he was buying vicodin, xanax and oxycontin. I didn't realize when we met what I was getting into and it wasn't until I found myself pregnant that the power struggle began. I gave him "the ultimatum", your drugs or your kid. It took him well over a year to get off the pills completely. Then he struggled with alcohol. And we are on kid #2. It's called an addiction for a reason. Luckily he is clean and sober and reminds himself daily that he wants his family more than drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, his mother was not so lucky. She died last year after 20+ years of abusing prescription pain pills. It was the most heartbreaking thing I've ever seen in my life.

Chris Douglas

Yes and its true they lie very well and hide their addictions so that no one would possibly think they are using.

nonmember avatar Maria

I was dating a meth addict for 3years. The difference between my ex and Cory is that Cory tried to get help for his addiction. I'm deeply saddened by this and continue to pray for Lea, Cory's family, and the cast of Glee.

nonmember avatar Susie


Why in the world would you have a child with him and now another one ? The children always pay.

How stoopid and irresponsible of you. I presume you were the sober one who should have known better. The offspring will pay for the sins of the fathers. Get counseling. Run, don't walk away from him. OMG. Should have to have a license to procreate. Stoopid is as stoopid does.

Birth control is free at Planned parent hood.

Wrap it up. Poor children. (ACA) adult children of Alcoholics. Read book. Same principles apply to you.

nonmember avatar debbie

I feel for those involved with users and addicts. Keep strong, keep your faith, stay as well as you can.

nonmember avatar debbie

Susie, this isnt the time to be calling Laura names, such as stoopid. You are correct another child is not the answer. But chasting someone? Give counsel, not correction after the fact. Some compassion works wonders.

Nicole Jensen



Harsh a little Susie; if you would have clearly read her story you wouldn't be calling her stupid. You may also try spelling a word correctly when insulting a person on their smarts looks kind of bad on your part. Addiction is something that can control a person but doesn't make them useless or inhuman in any way. When a person loves an addict there are lines they learn to walk between love and enabling. Often people that are addicted to one substance trade in for a new one, and have to learn that they are just addicted to covering the pain not the substances at all.

Cory by all means was an amazing man and had a wonderful talent but like so many from all walks and paths of life his pain became an addiction. We should not fault people for loving anyone with addiction but in the end most of us can relate to trying to not feel our own pain.


nonmember avatar JUJU

Prima487 that's a pretty sharp tone you have, considering your avatar is a WINE GLASS! lol

nonmember avatar Laurie

Wow, Susie, judgemental b***h much? My husband is clean and sober, no issues. We are very happy, he is a wonderful father our son adores his daddy, our daughter will feel the same way. I am in no way stupid. My children come first. I was trying to show that addicts ARE capable of changing, if they want it bad enough and can move beyond their selfishness and you know what? He did! Judgemental morons like you are not capable of changing, you think sitting behind your little computer making snap judgments about others is fair and safe, Karma comes around, lady. Clearly your parents instilled in you a lack of compassion and love. It's quite unfortunate and I hope to God if you have kids that they didn't learn from you that empathy is a lost cause.

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