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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