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We already know that Cory Monteith (Finn) struggled with substance abuse, but even though the Glee star was open about his past struggles, he didn’t let on at all that he was still battling some of those demons in the present day. What’s more, this disconnect between his wholesome TV star image and his private struggles appears to be something that Cory was acutely aware of.

In light of Cory’s tragic July 13 passing of a heroin overdose, Parade magazine is revisiting its 2011 interview with Cory and even then, the Glee star was candid about not knowing how much of his true self to reveal to everyone.

“At the end of the day, who everybody meets in the public eye, the public image, and myself are two different people in a way,” Cory said at the time. “It’s a very accessible version of me,” he added. “I’m definitely more introverted. I’m definitely darker. I’m definitely more, at times, pessimistic in real life. I shouldn’t say pessimistic. That’s a little strong. I’m more pragmatic in real life because I come from a whole different body of experience.”

In the interview, Cory spoke about his previous drug use. He said that the life of a drug user is “very lonely” and involves “putting up walls and burning down bridges and alienating yourself from everybody.”We know that recovery is a long and complicated process, and it definitely seems like Cory was doing his best to fight against his dark past. Unfortunately, it did catch up to him in the end. Our thoughts are with Cory’s family and loved ones as we arrive at the end of a very tough week.

Source: Parade