Cory Monteith Publicly Entering Rehab "Takes Balls," Says Glee Costar Mark Salling

Celebrity News Apr. 7, 2013 AT 4:00PM
Mark Salling gives credit to Cory Monteith Mark Salling gives credit to Cory Monteith Credit: Jonathan Leibson/WireImage; Courtesy of Al Powers/Powers Imagery

Mark Salling is proud of his Glee costar, Cory Monteith, for having the courage to seek help for substance addiction. The 30-year-old actor, who plays Puck on the hit Fox show, shared his thoughts on Monteith entering rehab with Us Weekly at The Cosmopolitan's Marquee Dayclub in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 6.

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"It takes balls . . . to go through that publicly. Period," Salling said. "It takes balls to go through that privately, but to go through it publicly like that -- balls."

Monteith, 30, publicly announced he had checked himself into rehab on April 1. This is the actor's second stay in rehab after he sought help for a "serious problem" with drugs and alcohol at the age of 19. 

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Salling told Us that the cast of Glee has been showing Monteith support by sending him "nice texts" and tweeting "here and there."

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Monteith's real-life girlfriend and fellow Glee costar Lea Michele issued a public statement regarding his rehab stay, saying, "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision."

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