TORONTO – Canadian actor Cory Monteith has checked himself into rehab to deal with a substance addiction.
The Calgary-born actor will be written out of the last two episodes of Glee.
Monteith, 30, “has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”
In a statement, producers of the show said: “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment.”
Monteith did not show up last Wednesday night for a scheduled appearance at a new Target store in Toronto.
In 2011, the star opened up to Parade magazine about his troubled youth in Victoria, B.C.
Monteith admitted he was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana by the time he was 13 and within a few years was doing “anything and everything, as much as possible.”
His mother and a group of friends staged an intervention and put him into rehab. “I had a serious problem,” he told the magazine. “I was out of control.”
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