In early 2008, Mendes was reported to have been in a rehab facility in Utah for several weeks. In a statement, her representative said that she had been "working hard for the past year and made a positive decision to take some much-needed time off to proactively attend to some personal issues that, she felt deserved some outside professional support”.
Mendes appeared naked in Flaunt Magazine. She also appeared nude in an ad for Calvin Klein`s Secret Obsession perfume. In this ad she is seen rolling nude in a bed, exposing her right breast and nipple.