The relationship between Macaulay Culkin and Michael Jackson was one of the most talked-about relationships of that time period. MJ was an adult and Culkin was barely 10 years old, a child star. To the outside world, that relationship seemed creepy and weird, and rumors were circulating that MJ after he was accused of multiple child sexual abuse allegations (not with Culkin).
The reason why their relationship seemed so odd is that Culkin would often visit MJ’s home and there is little to no information about what went on there. However, Culkin, who is 38 years old, has confirmed that it was not the relationship everyone thinks it is.
Read what Culkin had to say about his friendship with MJ below:
“We were friends. It’s one of my friendships that people question only because of the fact that he was the most famous person in the world… I was a peerless person, nobody at my Catholic school even had this much idea of what I was going through and he was the person who had been through the exact same thing and wanted to make sure I wasn’t alone.”
Culkin added, “He was f*****g awesome. He was funny, he was sweet – people didn’t know how funny he was. He liked prank calling people, because obviously, he was good with his voice. He was hilarious, he was charming and silly.”
“He was the kind of person who’d been through the exact same frickin’ thing and wanted to make sure I wasn’t alone,” Culkin added, in reference to the fact that they were both child stars, and MJ’s childhood wasn’t exactly sunshine and rainbows. He wanted to be there for Culkin should his upbringing be plagued by the negatives that child stardom brings.
As stated previously, it did not help MJ’s case that he faced sexual abuse allegations from a boy around Culkin’s age. He was never charged for any allegations.
With this being said, there’s even further proof that their relationship was just a typical friendship. MJ had made Culkin the godfather of his three children, including Paris. He has a matching tattoo with her as well. The two have a very tight-knit relationship.
“I am close with Paris,” Culkin stated, “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,” he said on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.
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If you want to listen to the podcast, check out the video below! The video is timestamped around the time that Culkin begins talking: