Cory Monteith opened up about struggles with addiction in Parade interview, excerpts

The wait is on for the results of Cory Monteith’s autopsy, expected to take place Monday to determine the cause of death of the Glee actor.

The question remains as to whether the pressures of Hollywood claimed yet another young star too soon.

In a 2011 interview with Parade/, Monteith discussed his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, revealing that by age 13, he was skipping school to get drunk and smoke pot. By 16, his drug use was “out of control.”

“Anything and everything, as much as possible,” he told Parade. “I had a serious problem.”

At the time of the interview, Monteith said he felt strong enough to resist any temptations that Hollywood provided.

“I think that I can’t completely rule out any of that happening, but I can’t unlive the life I’ve lived. I can’t unlearn what I’ve learned either. I feel like I have a safeguard in a way. I feel like I’m kind of Hollywood-proof. Considering everything I’ve gone through, I feel like I’ve already been there and done that lifestyle to the nth degree. It’s not interesting to me anymore. What’s interesting to me is chasing my endeavors and seeing where this all goes and exploring opportunities. All the other stuff—it doesn’t have the same shine.

“I really got to know myself through a lot of that self-destruction. I had to go very deep into myself and rebuild a lot of what I had taken apart, and that process is strengthening, that process is grounding. That doesn’t go away. That’s the foundation this is all built on now, and I feel stable. I feel happy. I like myself. I love my job. It just so happens that I fell into doing something that I enjoy—the drums and the music and acting and all that stuff. I love it. I love it a lot.”

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