Friends and fans rally in support after ‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith checks into rehab

Cory Monteith. Photo credit: StageDoorDish.com.

Cory Monteith. Photo credit: StageDoorDish.com.

Cory Monteith describes himself as “tall, awkward, Canadian, actor, drummer, person” on his Twitter page but the Glee star can now add honest, brave and survivor to the list.

Reading yesterday that Monteith, 30, who is best known for playing Finn Hudson on Glee, checked into rehab felt like an early April fool’s joke.

But soon, as people close to the actor began to offer up their public support, it was obvious that it was not a scam.

Monteith, who previously went to rehab at age 19, told Parade magazine in 2011 that he was “out of control” as a teen and by age 13 he was getting drunk, smoking pot and skipping school in Victoria, British Columbia, after his parents divorced.

By age 16, Monteith said his drug use had escalated and he was “doing anything and everything, as much as possible.”

Shortly after the news broke that Monteith was back in rehab, his girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele, who plays Monteith’s on/off on-screen love interest Rachel Berry, said, “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”

And, quite honestly, seeing Monteith take responsibility for his actions and knowing when to find help exemplifies how strong of a person he is.

Brad Falchuk, executive producer and writer of Glee, wrote on Twitter that Monteith is “like a son to me. He knows I love him.”

While Monteith’s entry into rehab means he will not be part of the two final episodes of the season, scheduled to air May 2 and 9, fans on Twitter have rallied behind Monteith to show their ongoing love and support.

#WeSupportCory is now trending, and has been since yesterday, and a quick scroll through the tag offers insight into the scope of the actor’s reach.

It seems every comment about Monteith’s entrance into rehab is a show of support.

Before landing the role of Finn, Monteith worked several odd jobs including a roofer, school bus driver, taxi driver and a Wal-Mart greeter.

And yet, from humble beginnings, a rough adolescence, and a series of unglamorous jobs, Monteith rose above to land one of the most beloved roles on television today.

It’s incredibly bittersweet to see the support pouring in for Monteith on Twitter, Tumblr and various other social networking platforms. He is so loved and it came as a surprise to most to learn that he was struggling.

It takes a strong person to stand up and admit they need help.

So, as his friends, family and Gleeks eagerly wait to see Monteith graduate from rehab and live a healthier, happier life, there’s also a need to thank the actor for his humility and willingness to put his health as his first priority.

Here’s hoping that Monteith, who is already a role model to so many for his role on Glee, finds peace in his road to recovery and his openness inspires others who are currently struggling to seek help.

We support you, Cory.

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  1. I’m so impressed with Cory as a person for always being so open about his struggles. To me, seeking help makes him an even greater role model especially for his younger fans. Get better Cory!