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Thursday 29 January 2015

Monteith checks into rehab

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27:  Actress Lea Michele and actor Cory Monteith attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Cory Monteith and Lea Michele

Cory Monteith has checked into rehab for substance addiction, his representative has confirmed.

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

The actor’s representative confirmed the news on Easter Sunday.

Cory "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."

Cory’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 okay 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."

Cory rose to fame playing Finn Hudson on hit US television musical 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.

Lea has spoken previously about how she cherishes the opportunity to professionally collaborate with Cory.

"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,” she said.

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