Macaulay Culkin says Michael Jackson 'didn't do anything' to him in rare interview

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

Macaulay Culkin has opened up about his friendship with the late popstar Michael Jackson in a candid interview. 

The 39-year-old told Esquire magazine that the Billie Jean singer first got in contact with him just after Home Alone came out in 1990, with the pair bonding over their ‘similar childhoods’.

“Look. I'm gonna begin with the line—it's not a line, it's the truth: He never did anything to me. I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flash point in time, I'd have no reason to hold anything back,' Macaulay told Esquire. 

Macaulay Culkin has spoken out about his friendship with Michael Jackson. Photo: Getty Images
Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. Photo: Getty Images

“The guy has passed on. If anything—I'm not gonna say it would be stylish or anything like that, but right now is a good time to speak up. And if I had something to speak up about, I would totally do it. But no, I never saw anything; he never did anything.”

The last time Macaulay saw Michael Jackson was when he was 24-years-old testifying for 46-year-old Jackson at Santa Barbara County Superior Courthouse in 2005.

Michael was on trial for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old boy, but was eventually acquitted.

The pair briefly spoke in the bathroom of the courthouse before hugging and going their separate ways. 

Macaulay Culkin is pictured with Michael Jackson and Michael's parents. Photo: Getty Images
Actor Macaulay Culkin leaves after testifying Michael Jackson's child molestation trial at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Maria May 11, 2005. Photo: Getty Images

However, when the Finding Neverland documentary came out - which features allegations from Wade Robson and James Safechuck - Macaulay was again forced to answer questions about his friendship with Jackson.

Macaulay claims he ran into 127 Hours actor James Franco on a plane just after the documentary came out, with Franco turning to him and saying: “So, that documentary!”.

An unimpressed Macaulay simply replied, saying: “Do you wanna talk about your dead friend? And he sheepishly went, ‘No, I don’t.’ So I said, ‘Cool, man, it was nice to see you.’ ”

Macaulay Culkin and Michael Jackson first became friends after the child actor starred in Home Alone in 1990. Photo: Getty Images

Back in March last year, Macaulay defended his friendship with Jackson in Michael Rosenbaum’s podcast, Inside of You. 

“For me, it’s so normal and mundane…,” he said. “I know it’s a big deal to everyone else but to me, it was a normal friendship.”

“It’s easy to say it was ‘weird’ or whatever, but it wasn’t, because it made sense.”

He said he believes people only “questioned” the friendship, due to the fact Jackson “was the most famous person in the world”.

Macaulay is godfather to Michael’s daughter, Paris, with the pair even having matching spoon tattoos, as an ode to their “harmless” habit of stealing spoons from 

While he prefers to stay out of the spotlight now, there were rumours at the beginning of the month that Macaulay may reprise his role as Kevin McCallister in Disney’s new Home Alone.

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