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Cory Monteith

Double Life

Sober for 'Glee', Wild in Vancouver

7/16/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Cory Monteith
was leading a double life -- a hard-working, "Glee" star in L.A. struggling to stay clean ... a hard-partying substance abuser in Vancouver.

CORY'S L.A. LIFE

Our sources say Cory's GF Lea Michele and his "Glee" cast knew his struggles all too well and spent a lot of time keeping him clean and sober.  We're told Cory never showed up on the set under the influence of anything and most of the time abstained from drugs and alcohol.

The pic above shows the last trip Cory and Lea took together -- it was taken on June 18th in Fire Island, where they visited a friend on a movie set.  We're told Cory was sober the entire time.

There were, however, lapses, which is why he checked into rehab in April.

CORY'S LIFE IN VANCOUVER

Our sources say Cory's resolve to stay clean dissipated whenever he returned to his native Canada.  That's where he became a drug addict with a serious drinking problem.

Corey went back to Vancouver many times, and hung out with many of the friends who helped fuel his addiction.  We're told alcohol and drugs were always involved. 

Our sources say Cory's family was aware he reverted back whenever he went North of the border, and they tried in vain to help.  We're told as family members became alarmed recently and began making a full-court press ... Cory became distant.

Somehow, Cory was able to compartmentalize his life into a tragic tale of 2 cities ... and the city where he slipped became the city where he died.

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Julia    

To be honest, whether he was an addict or not, he still is a person, a friend, a boyfriend, and a son. Just because someone has their issues doesn't mean they shouldn't be loved and missed and in shock of his passing away. I hate the news because they shouldn't be humiliating him. He isn't here to back up his story. Nobody knows what people go through and why they choose this path, but sometimes people are in a lot of distress and don't know where else to turn and don't know anything else. I think that people should respect his family and friends and most of all him because this is his business and no one elses. I never watched Glee, and i didn't know Cory, but this truly is a sad story and I wish the media would leave it alone and let his family and friends grieve.

362 days ago
17.

Raine    

Why don't you wait and find out how this actually happened. Cory was an amazing person, he struggled with addiction but also tried to help himself over come it. He helped so many kids with charity organizations that he was involved with. If you ever spoke to Cory you would see how much he loved life, his family, his friends. He was an ultimate gentleman and he died way to young. RIP Cory you are forever in our hearts.

362 days ago
18.

Just Saying    

Do your research. Cory did not become a drug addict and alcoholic every time he came back home. It doesn't matter what country you travel to,, you carry yourself with you. Once a drug addict, always a drug addict. Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. You carry your addictions with you. The only reason he would be more open about it in Canada is because the don't follow your around. In L.A. it is just more undercover, but it is still there.

362 days ago
19.

Courtney    

I had a very similar situation with a boyfriend when I was 19. We were together 18 months before he died of a drug overdose of heroin. A problem I never knew he even had. We both dabbled into some pot, drank on the weekends, and snorted coke on 2 occasions (college parties, not proud of it) but never ONCE did I know he was addicted to heroin. It wasn't until his roommate called me to tell me he was dead that I found out. That was 11 years ago and I still think about it. I was so angry with him for so long for the deception and for leaving me at 19 years old. We had so many plans together (which prob would have ended when the chaos died and after we grew up.. we were young and inexperienced) Anyways point being, took a lot of therapy for me to get over it. This is why Lea Michele keeps popping in my head. She will probably go through the anger stage at some point and it SUCKS! Wipes out way more energy than being sad. Prayers for everyone, and stay away from all that crap!

362 days ago
20.

Mary Ellen    

Wait until the results of the autopsy come out. This is character assassination!

362 days ago
21.

Jay    

Lol TMZ is so dumb. First of all, you can't blame a city like Vancouver for the death of a person. It's not the place that makes the person suddenly alcoholic again. Secondly, if u're gonna compare Vancouver and LA, how about u take into consideration the long history of drugs and substance abuse in Hollywood? If anything, LA has much more druggies than in Vancouver. TMZ is so great at demonizing Canada because, for once, an entertainment news just happen to occur outside of the hell hole that is LA.

362 days ago
22.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

This would explain why he was in Vancouver, only a few miles from his family´s home (as news agencies were reporting), but stayed at a hotel instead.

362 days ago
23.

cindy    

Who DOESN'T want to get stoned when you go home to visit? And yes, he was gay.

362 days ago
24.

Makman    

blame canada

362 days ago
25.

Evelyn    

HOW DO WE EVEN KNOW LEA KEPT HIM CLEAN?! EVERY PICTURE OF HIM HIDING BEHIND DARK SHADES (HIGH AS A KITE) SHE'S RIGHT THERE NEXT TO HIM - WITH SHADES ON! SHE'S PROBABLY HIGH BEHIND THE SHADE AND AN ADDICT TOO! SMDH

362 days ago
26.

MollyMarie    

Addiction is a horrific thing and I'm sure it's the LAST thing he wanted in his life. Until you go through it, you have absolutely no right to judge him or anyone else. May he be in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ. <3

362 days ago
27.

Lena    

Double life? Doubt it. He was an addict all the time.
Doubly stupid. Just as dead and stereotypcially a statistic.

361 days ago
28.

B    

"Revert back" is redundant.

Sincerely,
High School English

361 days ago
29.

Gljin40517    

I guarantee that his "double life" also included a dual sexuality

361 days ago
30.

Martina    

It shoiuld have been Lindsay.

361 days ago
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