Kirsten Dunst has insisted that she entered rehab because she was depressed.
The actress checked into a clinic in Utah in February after causing concern with her 'erratic' behaviour at the Sundance Film Festival. She denied reports that addiction to drink or drugs was behind her decision to seek help.
She told 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."
She added that she had been upset by speculation about her behaviour in the media, saying, "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."