Macaulay Culkin Opens Up About Michael Jackson And Childhood Fame

Nobody knows better than Macaulay Culkin about the problems that can come with being a huge star at a very young age.

As a kid he was the star of the Home Alone franchise, Richie Rich, and loads of other blockbuster movies in the 1990s. Since his career began, however, he has had problems with drugs and was dragged into the sexual abuse trial of his late friend Michael Jackson.

He spoke at the trial in support of Jackson's innocence and is the Godfather to his daughter, Paris Jackson.

The former child star recently appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast and spoke pretty candidly about his relationship with both Jacksons and how his career and fame have made him who he is today.

On meeting Michael Jackson whilst performing in The Nutcracker, he said: "He came backstage before the show. He loved dance, he was a dance man. He came backstage with Donald Trump, because they were friendly back then.

"I remember he looked at me like, 'I know you from somewhere. Oh, Uncle Buck, yeah you're funny.' Then after Home Alone came out, he reached out to me and my family.

"There's no child actor self-help group. He said, 'Do you want to hang out? Do you want to come to my house?' He was like my best friend growing up for a stretch of my life. It was a legitimate friendship."

Culkin and Jackson soon became friends, and he gives the singer a lot of credit for helping through a difficult time with his own family - he claims that his own father was abusive to him from a young age; the two haven't talked for years.

Macaulay Culkin Reveals Truth About Relationship With Michael Jackson. Credit: PA
Macaulay Culkin Reveals Truth About Relationship With Michael Jackson. Credit: PA

Though it was claimed that Jackson molested children (he was later found innocent in court) later in his life, Culkin insisted that nothing ever seemed strange to him.

He said: "I never felt uncomfortable, that was the way that he was, down to his bone marrow. It never felt weird. It was just the way that it was. I looked at him for who he was.

"At that point, I was pretty famous and I met plenty of famous people, his fame did not make a thing. I was not enamoured by him."

One thing he was not prepared to talk about fully was his role as a godfather to Michael's daughter (and a favourite of the Hollywood gossip columns) Paris Jackson.

Macaulay Culkin. Credit: PA
Macaulay Culkin. Credit: PA

He told Maron: "I am close with Paris. I'm going to warn you now; I am very protective of her so just look out. I am a very open book when it comes to things but like with her, she is beloved by me.

"I'm just letting you know if we want to start going down that road it's going to be a dead-end, you know, but I mean that in the fact that I love her so much. She's tall, and beautiful and smart. It's great."

Paris Jackson attends the MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: PA
Paris Jackson attends the MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: PA

Fair enough.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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