We know him as the child star from the Home Alone movies and a host of other big family films in the 1990s but Macaulay Culkin is also regularly linked with controversial rumours about him and Michael Jackson.
The rumours involve allegations of child abuse when Culkin would regularly spend time at Jackson’s ‘Neverland’ ranch and became a close friend of the pop star.
Recently the Home Alone actor took part on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, a weekly show hosted by the comedian, and spoke openly about his relationship with Michael Jackson and Jackson’s daughter, Paris.
He met Jackson whilst performing in The Nutcracker and said in the podcast: “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 quickly became good friends with Jacko and the actor has given the pop star a huge amount of credit for helping him through hard times with his own family, with claims that his father had been abusive to him since he was young.
Even though Michael Jackson faced claims that he molested kids, which he was found innocent of in court, Culkin made it clear that there never seemed to be anything 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.”
However, he was not prepared to speak about being godfather to Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson.
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.”