Macaulay Culkin defended Michael Jackson & talked about dark times, take a dive deep into his past

    From staunchly defending his friendship with Michael Jackson to opening up about personal battles & family dreams, revisit Macaulay Culkin's 2020 tell-all interview.

    Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin (Source: People)

    Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin (Source: People)

    It’s been years since that groundbreaking 2020 Esquire interview, but Macaulay Culkin's candid revelations still resonate today. The former child prodigy, known for his iconic Home Alone role, gave us an intimate look into his life, friendships, and aspirations. One of the most standout moments from the interview was Culkin’s unwavering defense of his friendship with pop legend Michael Jackson. Amidst the swirling controversy, particularly post the Leaving Neverland documentary, many expected the Home Alone star to perhaps distance himself from Jackson. Yet, Culkin remained firm, “I’m gonna begin with the line — it’s not a line, it’s the truth — he never did anything to me,” Culkin clarified. “I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back... But no, I never saw anything; he never did anything.”

    Having testified in Jackson's defense in the tumultuous 2005 trial, it was clear that the bond between the two celebrities remained unchanged till Jackson's untimely death in 2009.

    Battles and brighter days

    Culkin's openness extended to the personal challenges he faced, including his tryst with drug use. “I played with some fire, I guess is the best way to put it,” he mused, reflecting on his past. The actor emphasized his resilience and ability to pull himself out of the darker periods without the need for rehabilitation.

    And as life continued, brighter days seemed on the horizon for Culkin. His relationship with actress Brenda Song was blossoming. Meeting on the set of Changeland, the duo was evidently smitten, with Culkin quipping about their plans to start a family, “We practice a lot,” he joked, highlighting their playful dynamic.

    It's undeniable that this interview was one of the most vulnerable and authentic glimpses we’ve ever had of Macaulay Culkin. Today, as we look back, it stands as a testament to the man behind the famous Kevin McCallister face - showcasing his depth, resilience, and zest for life.

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