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Eva Mendes speaks about her stint in rehab

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Hollywood hottie Eva Mendes has spoken out about celebrities and rehab. Talking to Interview magazine in 2009, the actress expressed her sensitivity to people making fun of the rich and famous and their trips to rehabilitation units. In response to interviewer David Coleman’s ill-hitting joke on how Alcoholics Anonymous should be called “Alcoholics Unanimous”, Mendes stated:

“I’m not angry. But because celebrities’ lives are so visible, I think it makes it look lighter than it is. I have a really good sense of humor, I’m just very sensitive. The other day I was reading an article. I don’t even remember who the actress was, but she’s been around for a long time. She said something like, “I’m proud that I’ve had a whole career without making it to rehab.” I thought, That’s such a negative twist on it. I’m proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to actually go and face their demons and get better. This is a life or death situation. Again, I’m not a spokesperson for this, but it’s just that I want to support people for their decisions when they do go in and get help.”

Perhaps the Cuban-American’s sympathy stems in part from personal experience. Mendes, after all, is no stranger to seeking professional help to deal with her problems. In 2008, she whipped up a media frenzy by checking into the famous Cirque Lodge rehabilitation centre, which has treated the likes of Lindsay Lohan for drug addiction. The 35-year-old, however – who has always boasted a “clean” image and has been praised for her healthy body attitude – refused to give away any details.

Her publicist announced at the time: “Eva has been working hard for the past year and made a positive decision to take some much-needed time off to pro-actively attend to some personal issues that, while not critical, she felt deserved some outside professional support,” The Daily Mail quotes, adding “Out of respect for Eva’s privacy, we do not wish to discuss further details.”

The Hitch star confirmed her position to Interview: “There are so many lies out there regarding my recent trip to Cirque Lodge. But I don’t care what people think. I just don’t care. So I will neither confirm nor deny. I think now we just know way too much about our celebrities. It’s not that interesting when you know that much about people. I have no ego about me. It’s just better for you not to know, because it really does make me a better actor at the end of the day. You’re not going into the movie with all these specifics about me.”

Other celebrities who have been to rehab include Tim Allen, Brooke Mueller, Chris Klein, Ben Affleck and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

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