June 23rd, 2011
05:37 PM ET
Cory Monteith wants to make it clear to fans that he has not led the life of "Finn Hudson," the character he portrays on the hit show "Glee."
"I’m lucky on so many counts—I’m lucky to be alive," the actor told Parade magazine.
In the recent interview, Monteith reflected on his troubled childhood which included the divorce of his parents when he was 7-years-old, skipping school and drug use by the age of 13.
“I burned a lot of bridges,” he said. “I was out of control.”
The actor said he used pot as well as “anything and everything, as much as possible.” After stealing a significant amount of money from a relative, Monteith said he was given an ultimatum – get clean or end up in jail.
“I was done fighting myself,” Monteith recalled of that pivotal moment in his life. “I finally said, ‘I’m gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I’m doing this.’”
Click here for more of the interview in which Monteith discusses how he turned his life around.
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