Macaulay Culkin is a hardcore heroin and oxycontin addict, claims the Enquirer

In February of this year, a paparazzo caught an exclusive photo of Macaulay Culkin looking emaciated and clutching a Red Bull. Those photos were expensive so we didn’t get them – you can see them here. Culkin eyes look glassed over, and he’s incredibly frail looking. A lot of people wondered if he was on drugs, which his rep of course denied. In more photos that came out that month (above), Culkin looked about the same – very thin and blitzed out of his mind.

The Daily Beast had a profile of Culkin last month, in which their journalist went to one of the monthly DJ parties the former child actor holds in Manhattan. His parties have child themes usually, like dinosaurs or prom, and the author described Culkin as friendly but detached. He also said that Culkin kept going in the back of the bar with a group of people who came back smelling like pot. So it sounded like Culkin was just toking up, and that he was still making appearances occasionally. I found that story reassuring because I was honestly worried about him after those photos came out.

All of that is preface to this sad story that Culkin is a hardcore drug addict who is abusing Oxycontin, heroin, and a cocktail of prescription drugs. Oh no.

Is former child star Macaulay Culkin hopelessly hooked on heroin?

The 31-year-old actor has allegedly been seen by several eyewitnesses using a deadly mix of potent pre­scription drugs and unless he gets help, they say his secret addiction will kill him!

According to a blockbuster new report in the National Enquirer, the Home Alone star regularly shoots up heroin and the powerful prescription painkiller oxycodone and nearly overdosed once.

Macaulay’s legal team strenuously denied the claims that the actor nearly overdosed and bought thousands of dollars of prescription drugs.

According to the Enquirer, Culkin spends up to $6,000 a month on other dangerous painkillers, and has turned his Manhattan apartment into his own private drug den where he gets high during hours alone or with his close circle of whacked-out pals.

The once golden boy’s drug use intensified about 18 months ago, say the insiders, when he fell into a downward spiral over his dead-end career and a shattered romance with Hollywood hottie Mila Kunis, who’s now dating Ashton Kutcher.

“Macaulay Culkin is hooked on drugs and it’s killing him!” said a source close to the star told the Enquirer.

“He’s been hooked for a year and a half, and his drug of choice is either heroin or oxycodone. Mac is surrounding himself with junkies and lowlifes. It’s a real tragedy.”

Another close friend claims to have witnessed Culkin’s increasing drug use and said his friends are afraid for his life.

“Macaulay Culkin is surely dying. He’s addicted to heroin, oxyco done, Percocet and Vicodin. I have witnessed his drug taking, which has escalated over the past year and a half to the point where he needs serious help.

“His closest friends fear that he’ll overdose or his heart will explode. If he doesn’t get help and enter rehab now, he could be dead in six months.”

The friend told the National Enquirer that they hoped he would get help before something tragic happens. “It should have been a wake-up call, but it didn’t seem to have any effect on him. Mac is still partying hard. I pray that he finds the courage and strength to clean up before it’s too late.”

[From Radar]

The Enquirer does run BS stories occasionally, but they wouldn’t run something like this without solid sources. I believe this, I just hope it isn’t as bad as their sources claim. I also hope that if this is true Culkin gets the help he needs soon. He had a tough childhood to say the least, his father was abusive and he was pushed to work at a young age. His sister Dakota died in 2008 after being hit by a car, and that probably affected him more than his breakup with Mila Kunis, although that’s pure speculation. Maybe now that the news is out he’ll start to realize that he needs help.

Here’s Macaulay in 2010:

Photo credit: FameFlynet

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  1. Valerie says:

    I really, really hope he gets help, I like this guy.

    • gee says:

      I agree, I love him. I hope he gets help soon.

    • Tiffany says:

      There was a post on Lainey a while back where one of her writers was writing as a personal friend of Mack. She wasn’t specific, but she essentially said that he wasn’t a drug user (and kind of hinted that perhaps there is a medical issue?). She pretty much said that he is a great person whose friends are protective of him because of things he has experienced in his life. It was pretty vague, but very convincing to me.

  2. brin says:

    Unfortunately this sounds true and it’s all too common a story with former child stars. Hope he can turn it around.

    • Little Darling says:

      Me too!! Nothing good about this story. I have such a soft spot in my heart for him.


    • busy ramone says:

      Especially former child stars who were molested by Michael Jackson. I’d be on drugs too if that monster touched me.

      • I Choose Me says:

        I go back and forth about whether I believe Michael was a pedophile or not but I can at least concede that he was inappropriate with young kids. However, Macaulay has always denied that Micheal molested him so I don’t know upon what you’re basing that claim.

      • Alicia says:

        I dated Corey Haim and he told me Michael was great and never did anything to him or Corey Feldman, they slept at his place several times.

  3. Dorothy#1 says:

    Nooooo! This makes me so sad. I like him and hope he gets help.

    How could Mila go from this to Ashton? I don’t get it.

    • NYC_girl says:

      I don’t know what either of those guys are like in person, but I would not be able to tolerate a man who drinks or does drugs.

      • Dorothy#1 says:

        Sounds like he started after they broke up. But I was commenting on how they look.

      • fabgrrl says:

        Agreed. She may have seen him going downhill and gotten out. I mean maybe she tried to help him, but sometimes there is nothing you can do.

    • Liv says:

      Come on, Mila – leave Ashton and get a friend sober!! 😉

  4. Aussie girl says:

    From the pics I have seen this guy has a teamial illness or has a major drug problem. I’m going with the drugs. I hate to say this but I don’t think he will be here for much longer.

    • says:

      I agree. Nobody “naturally” looks like this. I hope he gets help.

    • Raven says:

      He looks at least 10+ years older than his chronological age. Watching that wasting, likely from drugs, is gruesome. I had to regularly work with a city official years ago, who became ghastly thin from drug abuse. He ultimately lost his job and disappeared. It was hard watching him deteriorate.

  5. Turtle Dove says:

    Sad. He worked so hard to have a normal life and disengage from his family’s crazy to end up like this…. what a waste.

  6. Chris: now with 10% less negativity says:

    Wow. Imagine if you were an addict and you befriended Macaulay Culkin! You think you’d hit the jackpot. If he doesn’t want to stop using he needs to conect with a couple of harm reductionists who can school him in safer using Having people just scream abstinence at him will probably kill him. Speaking of addicts I wonder how Ed Furlong is going these days?

    • Aussie girl says:

      Yeah we haven’t heard of him for awhile. Didn’t he have some drama with his baby momma??? Please correct me if I’m wrong…

      • Chris: now with 10% less negativity says:

        I read that story too. I haven’t heard anything about him since.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        Ed Furlong does the horror movie convention circuit with a bunch of Z-listers and charges money for photos and autographs.

      • HadleyB says:

        The mother of his baby or mother of his child you mean?

        I don’t understand why people use this term, it sounds so stupid to even read, and when someone even says it in conversation I cringe.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @ Mort-LOL! Seriously? Who would pay for a Furlong autograph? Ugh.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @kitten, certainly not me! I’m pretty sure he was charging $20 per autograph or photo. The venue also paid him (and the other actors) an appearance fee. The “headliners” usually ask more for autographs. He wasn’t even big enough to headline (and one year “the Corey’s” were headliners). So that should tell you just how far he’s fallen!

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        LOL@ The Coreys! 😀

        Did you ever see “Dream A Little Dream”?
        I wanna watch that RIGHT NOW.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @kitten, yes! Loved that movie when I was little. I definitely need to give it another look. I was quite young when I saw it last.

  7. corny says:

    A child star now on a drug induced downhill? That’s just unheard of these days.

  8. sanna says:

    There are pictures of him here from a couple days ago

    it’s hard to really see what he looks like, but constantly carrying a bottle of Red Bull is very Lilo-esque. There’s gotta be something wrong with him.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      Red bull intensifies the effect of uppers, one of my sisters in law is a recovering crack addict (who started with adderall) and she used to pop adderall and chase with red bull. The girl was never without a red bull. If I had to guess, he probably likes oxys but pops some adderall with red bull to perk-up.

      • Esmom says:

        Hmm. I have friend who takes Adderall for ADD and she has become skeletal. But she hasn’t turned to Red Bull (yet?), which hopefully means she’s not abusing it and just experiencing side effects?

      • Samigirl says:

        Esmom, I took both Adderall and Concerta for my ADHD and I lost a LOT of weight. It’s a definite side effect. Thinking about asking the doctor for another script… 😉

    • RobN says:

      Not that he looks good or anything, but he really looks much better in these pictures than he does in that photo taken a few months back.

    • Esmom says:

      Those photos give me a bit of hope…he looks less emaciated in them, I think. Hard to tell.

  9. Kimlee says:

    ( they wouldn’t run something like this without solid sources )

    Why wounded they, they done it many times before with out a solid source and the story turn out to be crap.

    But I am more inclined to believe this story though, only becaue he dosen’t have any projects going on, that would be a reason for the way he looks. Then again he could be really sick, there are many sickness that will couase such a dramatic change in his the way he looks.

  10. EssJjay says:

    This is tragic…what kind friends suround this guy or what kind of family wouldnt haul him into rehab FAST???
    Judging by that first picture he’s defo on something and whatever it is wouldnt give him much time to live…

  11. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I totally believe this story (I know “opiate eyes” when I see them) and I can’t tell you how sad this makes me.
    This kid was treated like a commodity and an ATM machine for his whole childhood. You don’t escape that sh*t without some serious emotional wounds.

    I’ve been rooting for a comeback for Mac for years-he always struck me as a sweet and sensitive kid and his brothers Rory and Kieren are really talented young actors as well. *sigh* I just hope he gets help soon because with every day that passes without treatment, he’s more at risk.

    • IzzyB says:

      I was hoping for a comeback for him too. I don’t want this story to be true.

      Gosh, him and his brothers look so similar!

    • Little Darling says:

      He really is a sweet kid, my friends and I were close with his family growing up in NYC – just four years younger than us he was like a little brother…sweet and unaffected even after Home Alone skyrocketed him to fame. It always made me sad that whenever we had a party or anything he has to come waaaay late and then disguise himself and leave waaaaay early. His family life was stressed too, the siblings only really had each other.

    • Tara says:

      Yeah this isn’t surprising. He’s looked like “one of my tribe” for years. I’m rooting for him too. I do think Mila wasn’t totally uninvolved with the drug use and that her breaking it off with Mac and eventually ending up with her old friend Kutcher… along with Mac’s intensified drug use after the breakup… were all part of the drug relationship trajectory … Where one person is less into it and tries to clean up. I think Milas weight fluctuations, low profile, and relationship with Ashton have to do with trying to slay larger demons than pot. I think that’s what Kaiser has been hinting at and afraid to say.

      • Aotearovian says:

        I think you’re right. And Ashton Kutcher is probably a good fit for her, at least right now, because he’s just come out of a six-year marriage to an addict who’s struggled with her sobriety and clearly still has a lot of problems with compulsive behavior. So, douchey as he may be, he gets it.

  12. lisa2 says:

    Sorry I really did laugh out loud at

    The Enquirer does run BS stories occasionally” It was funny.

    It seems that MacCaulay has had some emotional break. HE seemed together when he was with Mila. But maybe this was the cause of the end of their relationship. He has changed a lot in the year following

    sad if true

  13. NYC_girl says:

    I’m sure he had a very difficult childhood, but he’s 30 now. It’s so sad watching people, esp actors, who have the means to get help, ruin themselves. Drugs are so bad especially when heroin gets involved, it’s a bad road to be on. My uncle died of a heroin OD when he was about his age. I was living with my grandparents when it happened and I was very young, but I remember it – he died at a party. The police came to our house and woke us up. It was terrible.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      “I’m sure he had a very difficult childhood, but he’s 30 now. It’s so sad watching people, esp actors, who have the means to get help, ruin themselves”

      I actually think it’s much MUCH harder for actors & celebs to get help than the average person. They’re surrounded by leeches and enablers-people who hang around them for the money, fame, and access–people who are scared to tell them “no” for fear of losing all that.
      They have an inordinate amount of money, connections, and access to drugs and in Mac’s case-an unlimited amount of free time. Add the fact that he’s a child actor-this is the only world he’s ever known. He’s never had any REAL perspective and he’s probably very accustomed to people (like his parents) using him-he probably wouldn’t know real love if it slapped him in the face.

      The life of an addict is very lonely because you never have any true friends-your only personal interactions/camaraderie is based on the shared connection of drug use and getting high. You eventually cut yourself off from all friends that don’t get high.

      Hollywood/film world is a community of excesses, self-serving people, and the usual trappings of fame-it makes it very difficult to get treatment.

      • NYC_girl says:

        True. I think of Whitney and Michael Jackson.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Exactly. MJ had a “doctor” who was all too happy to provide him with his drug of choice. So sad…If someone just cared enough to say STOP. Makes me think of that show Intervention.

      • Little Darling says:


        Unfortunately, grounding ONLY comes with strong family values. I really hate to generalise, but this is fact as I see it.

      • SleepyJane says:

        Totally agree. Fame isn’t worth it. I think some of these celebs seek drugs to regain some of the highs they felt during the peak of being the recipient of constant accolades.

      • RocketMerry says:

        I agree. Makes you wonder what strong willpower some celebrities, like Streep and Blanchett, must have to resist such a place.
        Also, Mila was into drugs and supposedly got clean while dating Culkin. Then she was again rumoured to have become an enabler/supplier for Timberlake and now I wonder what’s her condition since being with Kutcher. Anyways, I wonder if losing his “clean buddy”, coupled with family loss, was one of the reasons why Culkin got back into drugs?

        Also, side note:
        “The life of an addict is very lonely because you never have any true friends”

        That is very similar to Bulimia. You end up seeking out very unbalanced relationships and actually encuoraging abusers to take adavantge of you (since you perceive that as the closest thing to love you’ll ever get). It’s painful but you MUST eliminate every contact with those leeches.

  14. Ari says:

    Actually the more I think about it, regardless if Ashton is a douche or not, his wife comes off as an addict as well whether its about weight loss, weird drugs or ways to get high…and then with Mila if this is true of Caulkin, then she has her own experiences with an addict as well and it might be the thing that finally got them together. Who knows. I hope its not true about Caulkin but I tend to believe it.

  15. marie says:

    hmm, hope it’s not true, have always liked him. but general question, people turn to heroin when they can no longer get/afford the oxycodone-so, why would he be doing both along with the other pills, seems like overkill..

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      I think that’s mostly true, but they’re also chasing that ideal high. So, if an excessive amount of oxys aren’t doing it anymore, they try heroin. My SIL started with adderall then moved onto crack because it was cheap, more readily available and was more intense (initially). I think it’s difficult to rationalize why addicts do what they do.

      • Lisa C says:

        As an addict myself I would say that the prescribed substitute for heroin, oxycodone or methadone in my case is fantastic for maintenance but it doesn’t give you that ‘buzz’ you want. So until that addict is ready he will seek out heroin and everything else to get high in the meantime. Also, your tolerance goes up meaning you need more to get you to the level you have become accustomed. I hope that helps. I wish him all the best. It can be done. I’m two weeks clean n on my way to rehab shortly. Heroin addiction is a lonely n sad place to be. Only desperate people go there but rock bottom is not a place it is a feeling and there is a way out. U must get help, be honest and listen to others. Again, I’m rooting for Mac xxx.

    • jc126 says:

      He probably does heroin on those days when he can’t get his hands on some Oxycontin. He might not inject heroin, he might just snort it.

    • void says:

      Oxys are much harder to find than heroin. You have to jump through more hoops to get oxys, roxys, dilaudid, etc…I’m sure he uses heroin to bridge the gap on days where he’s running low on the pills. Certainly he shoots the pills, I can tell you from experience that you don’t waste your time and money popping them for very long, you quickly progress from popping to snorting to shooting. I was in rehab for this very same problem earlier this year. I never did use heroin, but only because it’s hard to find in Florida.
      Another reason I’m pretty certain he’s using needles is his appearance. He’s emaciated. Painkillers tend to bloat you and make you overeat and retain water–but once you start injecting them, somehow the needle usage seems to just drain the life out of you. I went from the size and shape of ScarJo [although when I first started popping pills I got much heavier than that] to a scrawny, bony ghost of myself in just 5 months of using needles. No sharing needles, no disease…just the injecting itself seemed to do that to me. The damage it does to your body is staggering. I’m still not back to normal, still weak and easily fatigued, and my heart seems to have been damaged. I relapsed on cocaine after getting out of rehab for opiates, I shot coke for about a week straight, until I got to the point where my ears were ringing, I could taste the coke in my mouth somehow, and I could almost feel the seizure coming on. I took ativan to stave off the overdose that I’m certain was coming on. But even that didn’t stop me right away, even though it was the first near OD for me. I did stop soon after though. Still, the damage is done. I have palpitations and chest tightness. I’m only 26.
      I love Macauley Culkin. I have been in love with him since I can remember. I hope to god he gets help while he still can. It takes a junkie to spot a junkie, and it looks like he’s an unfortunate member of this sad club 🙁

      • the original bellaluna says:

        void – I commend you on getting off of drugs. Those RX pain drugs can do evil things to people (I took them due to a chronic pain situation).

        Oxy is absolutely hard to get: it’s a class or schedule “whatever” that requires both a written “hard copy” of the RX and an e-copy; it cannot have refills without a Dr’s visit; photo ID is required to pick it up; and it’s expensive as all hell.

        I never snorted or injected them, but our former neighbour’s ex-husband used to snort Oxy, and Hubs nearly kicked his ass on multiple occasions due to the ex’s monstrous behaviour to my neighbour, their daughter, and our family. (One day, he decided he didn’t like OUR planting boxes – full ones, mind you – on OUR front porch, and proceeded to move them all in front of our door, uprooting our tomatoes and several chili & pepper plants. WTF dude?)

        I was able to taper off pain meds after a surgery, but I still suffer pain almost every day.

        I hope MC gets the help he needs before it’s too late.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @void, best of luck with your sobriety. Be well.

      • void says:

        Thanks guys…
        I made the mistake of jumping into a relationship with someone when I got out of rehab. He turned out to be very emotionally abusive, and he abandoned me completely. That’s when I relapsed. I decided to get on suboxone, which is a drug formulated for the opiate-dependent…it blocks any high you might get from opiates, but it also has an opiate ingredient so it fights off the craving somewhat. It too is very hard to come off of, but it’s preferable to methadone.
        I would at least recommend Macaulay get on suboxone, if he finds being totally free of opiates too difficult. I was hooked on methadone, fentanyl [I would smoke 6 patches a day, 1 patch is supposed to last 3 days, to give you an idea of the depth of my addiction], dilaudid and roxys for NINE years. My body doesn’t even understand total sobriety and I hate it. I never felt “ok” after getting clean. They say it would take me 2 years to get over the post-acute-withdrawal syndrome. I was weak and turned to suboxone, but it’s still a much better existence than what I was experiencing.

      • marie says:

        @ void.. good on you for getting sober, and best of luck in the future..

    • Shannon says:

      When they run out of money for Oxy, or Oxy is too hard to find, people turn to heroin. We USED to have a huge Oxy problem here in MN but now we have nearly pure heroin flooding the streets so Oxy is out because the heroin is so cheap and potent. Everyone was pretty blindsided by the development – no one expected a new heroin epidemic to explode in 2012, but teenagers are dying left and right from heroin OD’s here 🙁

  16. Hautie says:

    If Macaulay wanted to work… he would.

    I suspect he has enough cash to produce any project he wanted.

    Plus I find it hard to believe that he can’t find backers to finance him. If he had a solid project to sell. He does not lack for talent.

    The handful of movies I seen him as a adult have been good. And he had a really funny role on Will and Grace for a couple of episodes.

    But I hate to think he has became a cliche. And has enter into… Lohan Land… of cracked out behavior.

    • Carol says:

      “Get yourself a wax- I like a clean work space!” Ha ha. I cannot help adoring him, more so because of his difficult life.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      I almost want to put him in a room with Lohan and videotape it. Can you imagine the exchange? There would be lots of red bull, a mess of dirty hair, a lot of blathering about nothing and something would be stolen.

  17. Ainsley says:

    I don’t know what he’s on, but he seems like he’s on something. This is sad but it’s a predictable course a lot of child stars take when they can’t get work or praise anymore. He’ll always be the Home Alone kid and that’s a blessing and a curse. I wonder what his family situation is like these days. Judging by how it was when he was young, it is probably strained. And wasn’t he in a long-term relationship with Mila Kunis? So she dumped him and her career has taken off and his is over? Sad all around.

    • Holly says:

      As much as Mila and Ashton together make me want to vomit continuously, I wonder if she might have left this relationship because Macaulay was using? If so, and with Demi’s history of drug use and addictions to not eating and such, it makes sense that they would have shared history with their exes. That could be a pretty powerful bond for them, and support for each other as they watch their respective exes plummet into total addiction and dysfunction.

      • Ainsley says:

        True. I assumed the crack-up happened after the relationship ended but maybe it started a long time ago and we just didn’t see it. Maybe Mila had to end the relationship to save herself from his downward spiral. That’s rough.

  18. Just U says:

    This is sad. So many people I grew up with went down the heroin road and it leads nowhere good.
    I can’t help but think that if he is using hard drugs it may have escalated after Michael Jackson died. He was quite involved with him if I remember correctly. Couple that with his sister passing and his girlfriend leaving him and it is a recipe for disaster.
    Drug addicts will always find an excuse but those things could have pushed him over the edge.
    I hope he is ok. It is never nice to watch someone destroy themselves.

    • Raven says:

      Wiki indicates he was arrested in Oklahoma in 2004 with marijuana plus Klonopin and Xanax. He apparently was developing or already had drug issues even back then.

      • Onyx XV says:

        I remember reading about that, didn’t realize it was so long ago. That was the first thing I thought about when I read this post. He’s got a long history of drug use/abuse. Not surprised if he’s progressed to the harder stuff, it’s fairly inevitable for an addict with the means.

  19. sunmoonstars says:

    Oh, this just breaks my heart. I’ve been there and it sucks, but he can get off drugs. IMO, he needs to get out of NYC and detox somewhere. He’s got the money to get clean and start all over again somewhere else. He also needs to get psychiatric help and learn to deal with his childhood, and not let it destroy the rest of his life. Yeah, it’s easier said than done but he’s not fixing the problems, just numbing himself. Of course, it’s getting the person to understand that and to deal with all the problems that’s the hard part.

  20. ladybug says:

    I saw him out walking in the West Village about a year ago with Seth Green. Both are diminutive, little, arrogant twits, but “Mac” was also a twig. He definitely looked either very ill or drug addled not only by his build but by his obvious lack of personal care. Hey… they’re rich and famous though, so they were accompanied by a beautiful girl.

    • Onyx XV says:

      LOL @ “diminutive, little, arrogant twits” !!! What a pair to see hanging together…the obnoxious level must’ve been OFF the charts!

  21. ronnie says:

    Doesn’t he have a half brother who is getting some constant work in movies? I think it was Scott Pilgrim and Scream 4? Or do they just look alike? It’s early.

    I hope someone in his former non drugged up circle gets him help.

  22. kpist says:

    The pics remind me of those internet pics “faces of meth” where they go from normal to deathly

  23. bea says:

    I think the NE’s story is accurate, although it makes me sad that the only reason it’s being written is so that they can profit off his troubles.

    Mila K certainly has crap taste in men.

    He has that junkie look. Hope he can get off that shiz, but I bet this has been going on longer than 18 months……..

  24. Electra says:

    NOOOOO! please, this sucks. Get better dude!

  25. serena says:

    That’s really sad…so sad. His face seems so frail, like it would break any moment now..sigh, get better Macaulay and get some help.

  26. NerdMomma says:

    I just want to point out that he’s NOT quite going down the Lohan road. She takes her problems out on everyone around her. Culkin keeps it at home.

    Sounds like there are a lot of people who would welcome a Culkin comeback. I saw him in Saved! and thought he was so likable and it was such an interesting career choice.

  27. Ellie66 says:

    Wow he looks like shit! He needs to definitely needs help.

  28. decorative item says:

    When I was 13 years old I took great pains in making sure that all the safety pins on my military jacket were just so. And, that my padlock/chain was perfectly placed for maximum viewing. My point is, that he is in desperate need of a great big hug.

  29. alexis says:

    So…is he relapsing? Because he *seemed* fine for a long time.

  30. alexis says:

    Oh, the break up with Mila….well I don’t think his career is dead end. Hm. Sad, he will surely be dead soon if he doesn’t stop.

  31. lucy2 says:

    Whatever is happening, he’s clearly not healthy. I too suspect drugs, and if so, I hope he gets help.
    I feel bad for him, despite fame and fortune he’s had a rough life and a lot of loss.

  32. Lara says:

    The first time I saw this picture I wanted to cry. I feel very sorry for him, he seems to be a very nice guy, harmless and vulnerable. I wish him well.

  33. HadleyB says:

    How could anyone looking at him think he’s just using pot and he’s ok?

    I have never met anyone who uses pot look that thin or sick unless they were in the hospital dying…. most pot users are not under weight. My first thought was he was addicted, second his molestation issues were getting to him and he just couldnt take it anymore and ruined his relationship with Mila, his career and he started using.


  34. Mira says:

    His DJ parties with child themes reminds me of Micheal Jackson. Abusive childhoods, trying to relive it as adults. I hope he gets help and makes a comeback.

  35. AfroSappho says:

    I believe this story. I saw Mac in March and he looked like death. He’s always been kinda skinny and pale, but he looked like a ghost. It was so sad/terrifying Even worse, so does his brother Kieran. His clothes were filthy, his hair was greasy, and he had holes in his shoes.

    I hope the whole family can get help. I have a feeling they are all off doing their own thing trying to cope with the loss of Dakota instead of coming together.

  36. dorothy says:

    So very sad. Hope he gets the help he needs. Child stars never seem to have a chance at a normal adult life.

  37. brit says:

    he looks just like layne staley did before he overdosed on heroin.

    • Aotearovian says:

      You’re right, and the death of Layne Staley was a horrible decline that took years. It still makes me so sad, what happened to him – more than Cobain or any of the others.

  38. sarahtonin says:

    I thought this was old news. The smack addict rumour been around for awhile, like years.

    What I want to know is, what’s Mila Kunis’ story? Did she dabble with him? Or was this a modern day SJP and RDJ story?

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Sorry, not trying to throw Mila under the bus (and obviously I don’t know this FOR SURE) but if he was using Oxy, I would bet that she was using it too. It’s just the way that drug is-you can’t maintain a long-term relationship and hide oxy use from that person (keep in mind I’m talking about FULL-ON addiction, not if you’re just “dabbling” from time to time-that is REALLY easy to hide). Besides the fact that when you’re deep into the throes of addiction, you really don’t want to be around anyone who isn’t using-sober people just make you feel ashamed and remind you of how bad your habit is.

      I could see her sharing a milder version of his habit with him, then maybe hitting a breaking point with it and deciding she needed out.

      • sarahtonin says:

        I totally agree with you, and it’s why I asked the question. (I actually think SJP must’ve had some hard nights out with RDJ for the record too).

        You can’t have a long term relationship with a heavy drug user without using yourself. Even if it’s just on the weekends, drug users hang out with drug users. Who wants to be around that unless you’re stoned as well? It’s just too dysfunctional.

        I agree with you about the attitude towards oxys too, they don’t have the stigma of hard drugs so it’s ok to have one, then another, and maybe tomorrow night too and before you know it you’re addicted.

        I also know there are plenty of functioning addicts out there. If you’ve got the means to keep your habit up you can go for years without getting sprung, especially if you can keep it under control enough to show up to work.

        So, yep, I think she’s a user, she could even be an addict herself. Who knows?

    • jc126 says:

      I bet she didn’t use, and got out when she could after trying to help him to no avail. We’ve never seen pics of her looking drugged-out or anything, for one thing, and two, she DID leave. (And good for her.)

      Of course, maybe he started this after she left.

      • Pancakewaffled says:

        We don’t know for sure, but I doubt Mila used any hardcore stuff. I’m pretty sure she just does/did pot.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I don’t think she did heroin but I would bet my life that she did Oxy if Mac was doing it. You guys have to understand-it’s not like Heroin in the sense that Oxy a pill. You snort or chew it, you’re not injecting it (although I’m sure some people do) and because it’s prescription pill-it’s akin to popping a Percoset, except stronger (so you can convince yourself that it’s not “hardcore”). You can function FINE on a small amount of Oxy-you don’t look messed up or act messed up, you just feel…relaxed. Of course, once you start upping your dosage you get into a different kind of high—more Heroin-like and lots of nodding off, passing out, etc.
        A LOT of celebs pop painkillers like Percs, Vics, and anti-anxiety pills like Xanax in a recreational way or for occasional distress. It doesn’t automatically mean you’re some effed up drug addict–some people pop a pill before a long flight or before they have to give a speech etc.

        Source: I dated an Oxycontin addict for 5 years (he was only FULL-ON addicted for about 2.5 years of that time).

  39. Dany says:

    Oh boy. He looks sad, lonely and like death is just around the corner.
    Get help immediately, Macaulay.

  40. Thea says:

    Having worked in addiction recovery, it is obvious this poor guy is on his last legs. What is also so horribly sad is it seems no one cares. Addiction is a horrible disease. To survive you have to completely change your life, your friends, and sometimes your career. The environment he is in and Lindsay are in and a few others only increase the problem. Hollywood is full of enablers, drugs and what have you. Prayers for the poor guy.

  41. Ravensdaughter says:

    He looks awful. I agree-friends of McCauley-get help.

  42. RHONYC says:

    hope the Brothers Culkin rally & help him through any troubles. 😕

  43. KareBear says:

    His “friends” are saying that he won’t be here in six months. Maybe they should help him instead of watch him! With friends like that who needs enemies!
    Get help kiddo and good luck!!

  44. mar says:

    He is very similar to MJ- he made his parents a ton of money, and in the start it was probably fun, then they both became cash cows. When each started to grow up, they found that their father’s were more concerned about making $, rather then their son’s well being.

    I really feel for him, he was on top of the world as a child and there is nowhere else to go but down as you grow up, especially when you can not trust anyone.

  45. listerino says:

    It’s sad to see him like this. The guy has talent. Just watch The Good Son if you don’t believe me.
    I hope he can get help and make a comeback.

  46. Shelly says:

    I believe this story, too. There is obviously something wrong with his health, at the very least. He is so very thin and he does look out of it a lot. I think he’s had this problem for a while, and it probably contributed to him and Mila breaking up. I hope he is able to get better.

  47. CT says:

    Seems like he may not have taken the breakup with Mila Kunis too well. The timing would suggest that he started going downhill after she left.

  48. mmhmm says:

    </3 🙁 I really, really hope he gets better…

  49. I Choose Me says:

    I really hope this story isn’t true or at least exaggerated. If it is I hope he’s able to pull through and get the help he needs. I’m rooting for him.

  50. Maria says:

    Oh this makes me sad. Hollywood really does use people, chew them up and spit them out. Add the fact that he was a popular child actor and exploited by his parents, and it’s no wonder he has problems. I hope someone close to him intervenes and gets him the help he so obviously needs. Unfortunately when someone is in the throes of addiction, it’s very difficult to help them unless they want the help.

    • Maria says:

      In thinking about this more, Macaulay might be more responsive to another actor talking to him about getting help. Someone like RDJ who fought his demons for years and finally won.

      • Aotearovian says:

        Maybe some people who have BTDT are reaching out to him. I’d like to think so.

        I kind of want to smack his rep in the head with a two-by-four – I know the rep is only acting on instruction, but I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I covered for someone who is clearly desperately ill.

  51. the original bellaluna says:

    This explains the Mila/Macaulay break-up. I’m willing to bet this has been going on for a lot longer than people think/know, and I suspect that when it got to be too much, Mila had to walk away.

  52. prissa says:

    Off topic question: for pain, I’ve tried taking vicoden, percocet, oxy’s and methodone but for some reason it makes me itch really bad. Like i’ll go from being fine to having to itch all over my body. Its so weird – does any1 know what that could be? Perhaps an allergic reaction, but to what ingredient?

    • KareBear says:

      I have the same problem. I have been told it is an allergic reaction to one of the synthetic ingredients.
      Benedryl does help, but it makes you very sleepy.

    • Esmom says:

      I had epidurals when I had both my kids and both times I was very itchy. I remember the anesthesiologist saying it’s a common reaction to opioids, something about how the drug binds with your nerve receptors.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      prissa – A lot of the RX pain meds make me itch too. It drives me crazy, to the point where it’s not worth the itch to take the meds. (I’ve been off of them for a few years now, but I felt like I had ants crawling all over me.)

      Benadryl does help, but I have an opposite reaction to it: it wires me. Being wired and itchy is NEVER a good thing.

  53. Katija says:

    I might get killed for this, but sweet Jesus, nothing more frustrating than a beautiful girl with horrible taste in men. I can’t believe Mila was with him for so long and is rebounding with Ashton.

  54. Onyx XV says:

    I don’t know why people are feeling sorry for him. Clearly he’s made a choice – a choice he made many, many years ago – and he’s sticking with it. If he wanted help for his issues, it is readily available, and he can afford to get it. *shrugs* I just don’t get all the tea & sympathy…

    • Onyx XV says:

      Well, I never “beloved” him, so I guess that’s why I don’t get all the hoopla.

  55. Nicolette says:

    So sad. Just was watching “Home Alone”and “Uncle Buck” this past weekend. Both are still two of my favorites. I hope he gets the help he needs.

  56. skuddles says:

    This breaks my heart. I really hope it’s not true but I dunno…. Mac looks scary rough and thin, and that often means drugs.

    It freaks me out all the more because Mac looks almost exactly like one of my beloved nephews. Who also is a big toker. But fortunately he got way into yoga and a vegan lifestyle and I think that saved him from trying the harder stuff.

  57. Lisa says:

    So much support for him, but none for other celebs into drugs? Mmmkay. I like this guy. It’d be fantastic if he got help. I don’t want the next time we hear about him to be a death announcement.

  58. kat says:

    I hope it’s not as bad as they wrote. I really like him – he was so good in that movie “Saved” with Mandy Moore and Jena Malone (if you haven’t seen it, see it – it’s hilarious).

  59. lena80 says:

    What’s interesting in this post is the amount of sympathy he is receiving. He has been a user for YEARS so he evidently does not want to get clean anytime soon. LL is ridiculed up and down, back and forth on posts and called cracky this cracky that…Why? Both of their stories have nearly identical backgrounds, yet MC gets sympathy and LL gets ridiculed? Something is right about that.

    • RHONYC says:


    • RobN says:

      Because MC only seems to hurt himself and doesn’t spend his life making excuses and blaming other people for whatever issues he has. LL uses people and then throws them under the bus, for example the accident where she claimed somebody else was driving and tried really hard to get him arrested instead of herself. There’s a difference and it shows in how people react to them.

    • RHONYC says:

      well lena80…i can’t help it, but that lil’ f*cker had me @ *slaps cheeks*


      his child stardom was iconic like Drew, the Coreys, River, Gary & Todd.

      i grew up watching those kids & they were amazing, endearing child actors that unfortunately developed bad sh*t.

      Lindsey’s my kid’s generation, so her mess just doesn’t move me the same way.

      that is all. 😐

    • sala says:

      LL loudly blames everyone else for her problems and lives for the paparazzi. Have you ever seen or read an interview with MC? He doesn’t give many as he prefers to live his personal life away from the cameras but he is very matter-of-fact when talking about his past – from his parent’s very messy custody battle to his horrible father. He doesn’t play the sympathy card or the blame card, and lives his life quietly and well below his means. That’s the difference.

      • lena80 says:

        But how they present themselves to the public doesnt matter. They are both addicts withcrappy childos in hollyweirds hypocritical I’m my opinion.

    • jwoolman says:

      The difference is partly the fact that he doesn’t drag other people down with him. He doesn’t try to escape responsibility for his own actions and try to smear anybody who gets in his way, he doesn’t waltz into court flashing an F.U. message at the judge etc.

      He also seems to be a nice guy. Lindsay has been a mean girl for a long time, even when she looked much healthier, and I don’t think that will change even if she gets sober. What ye sow ye shall reap and all that, explaining why people don’t feel much urge to be sympathetic any more. She’s just not a nice person and that doesn’t seem to be just about all booze and other drugs she pours into her body. Mac just seems like a lost soul who is a good person whether sober or not.

  60. PortlandJan says:

    I wonder if Paul Petersen of “A Minor Consideration” (advocacy group for former child actors) could intervene, or if he could make an impression on Macaulay Culkin if he did. It looks like everyone who knew/worked with him in his salad days is just giving up on him and letting whatever happens, happen. Of course, his friends may have tried to intervene and got nowhere.

  61. erika says:

    can you judge a heroin addict by it’s photo i.d.? ummm yeah!

    how is this news to anyone? he looks trashed!!! who’s out there helping him out?

  62. bollox says:

    in those photos from 2 days ago he looks normal to me.

  63. popa middleston says:

    I don’t like him that much as i did when he was a child star.

    I think to myself, yeah he’s the male equivilent to LINDSAY LOHAN, yeah i said it, can you give me a thumbs down? no you can’t and in you’re hearts you know it’s true.

    Someone like him who was full of energy has stooped to drugs, what a way to go….

  64. Will says:

    On the one hand, if i had to suddenly stop having sex with Mila Kunis, id probably want to die too.

    On the other hand, every time he looked in the mirror and saw his own face, he had to know that it could never last, and the relationship was living on borrowed time.