'Glee' Star Cory Monteith Admits He 'Was Out of Control' With Drugs

David Strick

In a new interview, the actor says he was skipping school, getting drunk and smoking pot when he was younger in his native British Columbia.

Finn Hudson may not be as innocent as you think.

Glee star Cory Monteith, who plays the fictional character on the hit Fox show, says as a young child he was precocious.

His parents divorced when he was 7 years old, he revealed in an interview with Parade (on stands Sunday) that People posted portions of, and at 13 years old, Monteith was ditching school, drinking and smoking pot in British Columbia, where he is from. "I'm not Finn Hudson," Monteith said in the interview.

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By the time he reached 16 years old, Monteith confesses: "I was out of control."

But that wasn't the end of it. Smoking pot turned into using drugs.

"Anything and everything, as much as possible," he said. "I had a serious problem."

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Monteith's mother and some of his friends set up an intervention fearing that he was headed down a path of no return. At 19, the Canadian actor reveals he was spending time in rehab but he found himself relapsing. "I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing," he remembers.

"I stole a significant amount of money from a family member," he admits. "I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn't care."

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When he was caught, Monteith admitted it was him, saying that that was the "first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years."

According to Monteith, an ultimatum was presented. "I was done fighting myself. I finally said, 'I'm gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I'm doing this,' " he recalls.