Macaulay Culkin Recalls ‘Weird’ Invite From Michael Jackson When He Was 10

Macaulay Culkin Recalls ‘Weird’ Invite From Michael Jackson When He Was 10 YouTube/The Detail

Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin were known to have a very close friendship. And while many have questioned what a grown man and a child have in common, the “Home Alone” star has very fond memories of his time with the King of Pop. He spent a lot of time at Jackson’s Neverland ranch growing up, but how did they even become close?

In an interview with Larry King, Macaulay Culkin revealed that Michael Jackson called him on the phone after watching “Home Alone,” and invited him to hang out. However, they had briefly met prior to that when Culkin was performing in a theatre production.

“I first met him, he kind of called me randomly, like, out of the blue, he was just kind of like, ‘Hi, it’s Michael’, and I’m like, ‘Hey,’” Culkin recalled. “This was after Home Alone. I’d actually met him once before when I was doing The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, I was playing Fritz, and he came backstage one day and I actually met him very briefly. And he kind of recognized me because it was after I’d done Uncle Buck.”

After receiving the phone call from Jackson, Culkin admittedly thought it was a bit strange. “Yeah, he reached out to me, because a lot of things were happening like, you know, big and fast with me, and I think yes, I think yeah he identified with that,” he shared. “And then he calls me up kind of out of the blue, it’s kind of just this weird, random thing. He was like, ‘Why don’t you come over to my house?’”

Macaulay Culkin did take Michael Jackson up on his offer to hang out, but he’s always insisted that nothing untoward happened between them. While Jackson has been accused of child molestation by multiple other victims, Culkin says that just wasn’t his experience.

“Look, I’m gonna begin with the line-it’s not a line, it’s the truth: He never did anything to me,” he told Esquire. “I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flashpoint in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back. The guy has passed on.”

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