Actress Kirsten Dunst has blasted reports she checked into rehab to tackle substance abuse issues, explaining she was depressed, reports.

In her first interview since entering a Utah treatment centre last year, the Marie Antoinette star insists she spent six months trying to conquer the blues but eventually realized she needed help.

She tells E! News, “I didn’t go to Cirque Lodge for alcohol abuse or drug abuse. I went there for depression. It was a good six months before I decided to go away. I was struggling, and I had the opportunity to go somewhere and take care of myself. 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.”

Dunst admits speculation about her health and personal problems haven’t helped her in her battle: “Depression is pretty serious and should not be gossiped about. There’s been a lot of misrepresentation about what is going on in my life... (That’s) very painful for my friends and family. Everyone feels like they have to defend me. They hear the rumours, and it puts them in a defensive position. Now that I’m feeling stronger, I’m prepared to say something.”

Latest From ...