Finn Hudson’s story just veered in a very new, very real direction.
People reports that Cory Monteith, who plays Finn on Fox’s musical dramedy Glee, recently entered rehab. The precise reasoning behind his “voluntary” treatment is unknown, although he is said to have “substance” issues.
Monteith’s rep says, “He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery,”
The Calgary native has been in rehab before, checking in for the first time at the tender age of nineteen. The now-30-year-old has kept any recent addictions under wraps, however, appearing quite sober and bright-eyed for the first four seasons of Glee.
Fortunately for fans, Monteith’s treatment will not have any effect on the final few episodes of Glee’s current fourth season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, shooting will continue in his noted absence.
“Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment,” 20th Century Fox TV told The Hollywood Reporter over the weekend. “Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.”
Although they all have his back, there is one particular Glee cast member who is rooting for Monteith more than the rest: on- and off-screen love interest Lea Michele (Rachel Berry, to Gleeks).
“I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this,” Michele tells THR. “I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Global/Fox.