Monday, July 14, 2008

Eva Mendes: Addiction is "Life or death situation"

Eva Mendes is surprisingly grateful for the vicious rumors regarding her reported substance abuse which circulated soon after the actress entered rehab last February.

“There are so many lies out there regarding my recent trip to Cirque Lodge,” she tells Interview in their August issue. “[But] I was so happy about that, because it’s when they get the real scoop that would make me really nervous. In a way, you want it to be a lie, because when it’s true it’s time to rethink who’s in your circle.”

She added, “Everybody is so highly visible now. We see everything. We see what celebrities buy at the supermarket. I’m confused by this whole celebrity-obsessed culture.”

The actress applauds others who have followed suit dismissing the negative stigma associated with rehab.

“I’m proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to actually go and face their demons and get better,” she tells the magazine. “This is a life or death situation. People have died, and I’ve lost friends too–even recently.”

Mendes’ interview—along with her steamy cover—hits newsstands July 12.

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