The ick factor of Michael Jackson having children staying over at his house back in the day has been covered by documentaries, and celebrities who knew Michael handle that subject matter about as well as anyone who has starred in a Woody Allen movie does when asked to go over Woody’s skeletons in his closet. Macaulay Culkin was one of those kids, and he and Michael struck up a close friendship alongside their 22-year age gap. People always thought there was something not right about their relationship, but Macaulay recently doubled down down on what he called a normal friendship.
E! News says Macaulay was on Michael Rosenbaum’s podcast, and it wasn’t to confirm that being a shill for Google became his best career move to date. Michael asked Macaulay if he found it weird that the King of Pop made moves to become his friend in the 1990s when he was only 10. Macaulay joked that Michael “ambushed” him before putting their friendship in the context of two child stars (admittedly, Michael had aged beyond that and into the status of King of Pop) who didn’t have many other people to relate to:
“He reached out to me because a lot of things were happening big and fast with me. And I think…yes, I think he identified with that.I mean, at the end of the day, it’s almost easy to try say it was ‘weird’ or whatever, but it wasn’t, because it made sense. Like, we were legitimate…At the end of the day, we were friends—in the most simple [way]. It’s one of my friendships that people question, only because of the fact that he was the most famous person in the world.”
Macaulay tried to compare it to his friendship with the podcast Michael and said nobody would question THAT friendship, so why question the one with pop star Michael? Well, for one, you’re no longer a 10-year-old boy. Also, podcast Michael doesn’t have a children’s amusement park-themed compound! Well, that we know of.
Macaulay said he gets why people are “fascinated” by the friendship but said it really was as mundane as any other friendship.
Imma have to call BS on that one since Macaulay has said he shared a bed with Michael on multiple instances between the ages of 10 and 14. The only thing I was sleeping in bed with at the age of 10 was Beanie Babies. Actually, that’s still the case, so, uh, we’ll let that one speak for itself as far as the “mundane” department goes. He also has always denied that Michael molested him and said that what made the friendship work was that it wasn’t really about fawning over what celebrities they had become:
“I really didn’t actually give a s–t about famous people. I was thoroughly unimpressed by them. So, when I first met him, I was just like, ‘OK, cool. You’re just that guy. Oh, that guy who sings songs? Cool. I sing songs in school. Great.’”
Macaulay ended by saying people would be surprised how funny Michael was and that he always told the best jokes. I still think we would have learned more from this friendship. Namely, was it always a pain in the ass playing hide-n-seek at Neverland since Detective La Toya and her bloodhound nose would sniff him out in seconds??