Kirsten Dunst: I Was Treated For Depression


May 27 2008, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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Don’t believe the hype.

Contrary to reports, Kirsten Dunst did not enter a treatment center in February for substance abuse, but rather for depression.

"I didn't go to Cirque Lodge for alcohol abuse or drug abuse," she tells E!. "I went there for depression."

Opening up about her stay at Utah’s Cirque Lodge for the first time, the actress reveals she was mulling over whether or not to seek professional help for “a good six months.”

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"I was struggling, and I had the opportunity to go somewhere and take care of myself,” she says. “I was fortunate to have the resources to do it. My friends and family thought it was a good idea, too, but I didn't know where to go. My doctor recommended Cirque Lodge."

When news first broke of her stint at Cirque Lodge, rumors were rampant that the 26-year-old was caught in a downward spiral of alcohol and drugs after her split from Johnny Borrell. It's these types of rumors that compelled her to come forth with her depression, Kirsten says.

Ryan Gosling

"There's been a lot of misrepresentation about what is going on in my life, and it's been very painful for my friends and family," she explains. "Everyone feels like they have to defend me. They hear the rumors, and it puts them in a defensive position. Now that I'm feeling stronger, I was prepared to say something."

And since she's out to clear the air, Kiki sets the record straight on another report -- that she's dating her All Good Things co-star Ryan Gosling.

"I am not dating Ryan Gosling," she says.


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