Former child star Macaulay Culkin is opening up about his post-fame life, addressing the tabloid rumours he was addicted to heroin and oxycodone.
The rumours began circling back in 2012 when photographs of a gaunt-looking Culkin appeared in the tabloids claiming the breakdown of his relationship with Mila Kunis sent him on a drug binge.
“No, I was not pounding six grand of heroin every month or whatever,” he tells The Guardian in a candid and rare interview. “The thing that bugged me was tabloids wrapping it all in this weird guise of concern. No, you’re trying to shift papers.” Culkin had previously been arrested for possession of Xanax, marijuana and clonazepam.
Accompanied by his manager and PR handler, the 35-year-old Culkin granted his biggest interview in the past 10 years to The Guardian, ruminating on his work as a visual artist and member of The Pizza Underground, which rewrites the Velvet Underground’s lyrics to be about pizza. Culkin’s past, including his “Home Alone” days and friendship with Michael Jackson, are off-limits in the interview. He does, however, address turning his back on the spotlight.
“I don’t just turn my back, I actively don’t want it. The paps go after me because I don’t whore myself out,” he says. Culkin has spent much of the last decade living in France, where he goes unrecognized for the most part.
“I was thinking about this the other day,” he says when asked why people are still fascinated by him, long after he’s moved on from the spotlight. “I’d crossed the wrong street, picked up a tail, suddenly there’s a crush of 20 paparazzi. Then people with camera phones get involved. I don’t think I’m worthy of that,” he says. “It’s been like that my whole adult life. You take on a prey-like attitude, always scanning the horizon.”
Culkin describes himself as “effectively retired,” though he does on occasion provide a voice on “Robot Chicken” and made a cameo appearance as himself in “Zoolander 2”.
“Actually, I’m very much at peace lately. I can debate with people, and my heart rate never changes,” he says of his lifestyle and his past as a child star. “It’s allowed me to become the person I am, and I like me, so I wouldn’t change a thing. Not having to do anything for my dinner, financially, lets me treat every gig like it’s the last.”