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Months after her stint at Cirque Lodge Treatment Center in Utah, Kirsten Dunst is speaking to the public about why she checked in to the facility - and it wasn't for drug or alcohol addiction, as was widely reported. Instead, Dunst tells E!, she was suffering from depression and sought out help at the Lodge.

"I was struggling, and I had the opportunity to go somewhere and take care of myself," she said. She added, "I was fortunate to have the resources to do it."

In February, Dunst checked in to the center, not long after Lindsay Lohan and Eva Mendes had stints there. Her decision to open up now about the reason behind her treatment, she says, stems from her hope to quell rumors and highlight the serious nature of depression. "Depression is pretty serious and should not be gossiped about," she said.

Dunst's post-facto frankness is one way to approach the rumor mill, but how should celebs handle it, especially when they're facing serious personal problems? - Anna Dimond

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