Cory Monteith’s mother Ann McGregor opened up about her deep and profound grief, days after the year anniversary of her son’s death, admitting that “until three days ago, I couldn’t look at a picture of Cory.”
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McGregor, 63, told ABC News that she’s corresponded with Monteith’s longtime love, and Glee co-star, Lea Michele via e-mails and text messages.
McGregor said she believed her son — who she nicknamed “Baby Bear” — “was easing himself out of” show business, as he’d been planning to lease a home in Vancouver.
She opened up about her late son’s burgeoning issues with drugs as a teenager referencing an overdose he had at just 15.
“I think that was the turning point. He had a lot of emotional things he was trying to figure out — lot of it was he really wanted a relationship with his [estranged] father.
“I think when a child gets invalidated they keep reaching even harder — they want to find out why.”
McGregor said she was short on advice to give to parents who might be in similar circumstances.
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“I don’t think we have power to change the choices they’re making. I think with the kind of connection Cory and I had, if we couldn’t prevent that situation, I don’t have the answer. What could I say to them? Live every moment. Grab the second.”
She said she doesn’t blame the Glee actor’s time in show business for his eventual tailspin.
“I don’t think blame is a good thing to do,” she said. “That was his choice.”