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Macaulay Culkin has become a more open person with the public, particularly in recent years. The former child actor has found himself getting reacquainted with the public through a new website, a new podcast, and a few quick pop-up appearances in nostalgia-laced projects like a recent Home Alone-themed Google ad. In the past couple of years, he's grown more public than he's ever been as an adult. But he has rarely discussed his friendship with Michael Jackson.

That changed when Macaulay Culkin was given another recent opportunity to discuss his life, career and his recent work at length.

The conversation came up during Macaulay Culkin's recent appearance on fellow actor Michael Rosenbaum's podcast, Inside Of You. During the 76-minute episode, there are a number of topics discussed, but it was ultimately Culkin's comments about the late Michael Jackson that drew attention.

He reached out to me because a lot of things were happening big and fast with me, and I think he identified with that. I mean 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. Here's the thing at the end of the day: We were friends. It's one of my friendships that people question only because of the fact that he was the most famous person in the world.

As Macaulay Culkin admits in the podcast interview, he ultimately considered himself friends with the late Michael Jackson. But he can understand why, from an outsider perspective, it can be perceived as odd, unusual or perhaps even uncomfortable. He didn't delve on the topic for too long, but Culkin claims that the friendship they shared during Jackson's time on this Earth was genuine. It should be noted that former child actor is also the godfather of Paris Jackson. So, it's safe to say that Michael Jackson had a lot of trust in Culkin as a person and fellow celebrity -- even though people often question it.

In addition to discussing Michael Jackson, Macaulay Culkin also discussed his childhood, particularly his years in Catholic School, as well as his troubled relationship with his father. The latter was the source of Culkin's semi-autobiographical novel Junior, which was published back in 2006. The actor also discussed his work in Uncle Buck, which led to his career-making performance in the first two Home Alone films. Culkin also touched on his new work in the dramedy Changeland, which was written and directed by Seth Green in his filmmaking debut. He discussed getting drunk in Thailand.

Macaulay Culkin is someone who isn't afraid to get open and honest with his fans and followers. He is a very public figure, and he has been a public personality for a long time. He's used to getting a lot of attention. But in this interview, Culkin shed some light on a topic in his life that's still secretive.

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