Macaulay Culkin, Star of ‘Home Alone’
At just 10 years old, Macaulay Culkin became a star around the world after starring in ‘Home Alone’. At 12, he became the highest paid child star to date, earning up to 8 million (at the time) per movie. In his resume, the popular Christmas comedy was joined by its sequel, ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’, and other films such as ‘My Girl’ or ‘The Good Son’, alongside another child prodigy: Elijah Wood (who later became Frodo in ‘The Lord of the Rings’).
Macaulay’s Difficult Childhood
Raised in a humble apartment in New York with his four brothers, the problems in his childhood marked him deeply… The relationship between the actor and his parent was not exactly a bed of roses: his father, Kit Culkin, had tried his luck as a theater actor but, ultimately, failed to make a living with this profession. Macaulay later explained that the violent treatment from his father was nothing but “envy”: “I got more at 10 than he did in his whole life,” he said.
Macaulay Culkin Today
In 1995, Macaulay’s parents separated and a legal dispute began over the custody of the five children and their fortune, valued at almost 20 million. Two years later, when the actor was 17, he managed to get a judge to rule in his favor by taking his parents to court: Culkin managed to take away their access to his trust fund. This is how Macaulay Culkin, star of ‘Home Alone’, is today at 42 years old. As a child, it was common for Macaulay Culkin to spend long periods of time at Neverland, Michael Jackson’s ranch. In fact, the actor was a great defender of the singer in the pedophilia trial he had to undergo at the end of his life: Culkin argued that the accusations against Jackson were “absurd” and their friendship lasted until his death. Macaulay Culkin is the godfather of Michael Jackson’s three children. Like many of Hollywood’s child prodigies, the actor also had his “broken toy” period in the early 2000s: deeply marked by the early death of his two sisters (one of them died of an overdose in 2000 and the other in a traffic accident in 2008), Macaulay fell into the hell of drugs, and was even arrested for possession of marijuana. The actor has managed to rise from his ashes. Between 2002 and 2010, Macaulay Culkin had a long relationship with actress Mila Kunis, now Ashton Kutcher’s wife. This ended when she could not deal with his addictions and, years later, already recovered, the actor met the woman of his life, Brenda Song. Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song, in ‘Sesame Street’. Both became parents of a boy named Dakota (after one of his deceased sisters) in 2021 and, only two months ago, they have had another baby whose gender and name have not been revealed.