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Actor Cory Monteith is back in the real world of tinseltown and loving his newly sober life, after working hard at recovery during a month-long stint in rehab.
Thirty-year-old Monteith, who stars in hit TV show Glee, voluntarily checked himself into a rehab center for substance addiction issues in March. Fans spotted the now-clean Canadian heartthrob at LAX airport on Friday with girlfriend and fellow Glee star Lea Michele in tow, possibly headed for a celebratory international getaway, as the pair were armed with their passports, according to reports.
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Shortly after the news of his rehab release broke, Monteith took to Twitter and tweeted to friends, fans and family "sending out big love to everyone. Thank you for the continued support! It means the world to me!"
This most recent stay at a drug treatment facility was Monteith's second stab at rehab, his first time having been eleven years ago at the tender age of 19. His first stay was the result of an intervention by his mother and friends, brought on by ages of acting out in his teen years, including dropping out of school at 16 to drink and smoke pot.
In a June 2011 interview with Parade magazine, Monteith admitted that there was a time in his life when he had a "serious [drug] problem," and was "out of control...doing anything and everything, as much as possible."
In a separate interview with People magazine, also in 2011, Monteith explained that his hope was that by being open and honest about his struggles with addiction that he might help others facing similar troubles.
"I don't want kids to think it's okay to drop out of school and get high and they'll be famous actors too," he said in the interview. "But for those people who might give up: get real about what you want and go after it."
And taking a page from Mr. Monteith's playbook, we remind readers and fans that "if at first you don't succeed..." well, you know the rest.