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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Salling: Monteith is courageous

Mark Salling

Cory Monteith’s Glee co-star Mark Salling applauds his friend for having the courage to admit himself into rehab for substance abuse.

The actors star alongside each other on hit TV musical series Glee.

Cory confirmed through a representative over a week ago that he had entered a treatment facility for substance addiction.

Mark applauds Cory for his bravery.

"It takes balls . . . to go through that publicly. Period," he told Us Weekly. "It takes balls to go through that privately, but to go through it publicly like that -- balls."

Mark also went on to reveal that he and the cast and crew of Glee send Cory “nice texts” and encouraging tweets “here and there”.

A number of Cory’s nearest and dearest are openly supporting his decision.

Glee’s creator Murphy Ryan said last week he is in full support of the actor’s decision to focus on his sobriety despite any glitches Cory’s absence may cause for production.

“I am so proud of Cory Monteith and love and support him 100%,” the producer tweeted his 434,000-plus followers.

Cory’s girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele also publicly offered her support for the actor on.

“I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this,” Lea told People recently. “I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”

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."

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