Macaulay Culkin speaks out on his ‘normal friendship’ with Michael Jackson

The former child actor first met the singer in the early 1990s

Macaulay Culkin has discussed his relationship with the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, describing their bond as a “normal friendship”.

The 38-year-old, best known for his role in ’90s classic Home Alone, was friends with Jackson from around the age of nine. The actor testified at the artist’s child molestation trial in 2003, and called the allegations against him “absolutely ridiculous”.

Now, as the 10-year anniversary of Jackson’s death approaches, the much talked about link between the pair has been discussed by Culkin once again.

Appearing on the Inside Of You podcast, the former child star said: “[Michael] reached out to me because a lot of things were happening, big and fast with me and I think he identified with that.

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“At the end of the day, it’s almost easy to say it was weird or whatever but it wasn’t because it made sense. At the end of the day, we were friends.”

Speaking on how he and Jackson bonded having both experienced high-profile and isolating childhoods, Culkin continued: “I was a peerless person. Nobody else in my Catholic school had even this much idea of what I was going through and he was the kind of person who’d been through the exact same frickin’ thing and wanted to make sure I wasn’t alone.”

He went on to describe the ‘Thriller’ artist as “fucking hilarious” as he reminisced about making prank calls together. “He was charming, fucking funny, silly,” Culkin added.

Early last year, Macaulay Culkin said of the controversial friendship: “He enjoyed my youthfulness. He liked being a kid with me. It never struck me as odd. I never felt uncomfortable. That was just the way he was.”

Meanwhile, the estate of Michael Jackson has recently rejected fresh claims of abuse against the singer, which have been made in a new documentary called Finding Neverland.