Enquirer challenges Macaulay Culkin to a drug test, names their source

The National Enquirer’s cover story last week claimed that former child star Macaulay Culkin, 31, is a drug addict who is addicted to heroin and Oxycontin, and regularly takes a cocktail of dangerous prescription drugs. Macaulay’s rep denied the story and tried to appeal to common decency to get other outlets not to repeat it. His rep wrote: “We beseech the responsible media to consider the source and its reputation and to please not perpetuate this destructive and insulting story by pursuing it any further.”

In response to Macaulay’s denial, The Enquirer has named their source and challenged Macaulay to a drug test to disprove their claims. Even if he’s telling the truth and isn’t addicted to anything, you know he’s not going to take them up on it. Here’s the Enquirer’s report where they double down on the story:

The NATIONAL ENQUIRER hopes the cover story on its latest issue, “Home Alone’ star Macaulay Culkin Addicted To Heroin – Only 6 Months To Live!” will act as a dramatic and much-needed wake-up call to the 31-year-old actor.

Our advice to Macaulay is to seek professional help to avoid the same tragic fate of other beloved celebrities, including Whitney Houston who died earlier this year.

We believe that the former child star should be doing everything he can to get the treatment he so desperately needs – and which could have saved the life of his friend Elijah Rosello.

Her family confirmed to The ENQUIRER that she did drugs with Macaulay before her drug-related death in March.

Should Macaulay’s representatives continue to deny The ENQUIRER’s accurate and detailed report, we are ready to offer him the opportunity to take a blood test administered by an independent medical lab.

It is a fact that as The ENQUIRER tracked Whitney Houston’s descent into her drug hell, she refused to admit she had a problem – and Whitney was represented by some of those people now denying Macaulay’s potentially deadly problems.

The ENQUIRER editors would hate to see Macaulay end up like Whitney.

[From The National Enquirer]

It’s true that The Enquirer was running stories about Whitney being back on drugs before she died. Then when she died they put a photo of her in repose in her casket on the cover. So it’s not like they were motivated out of concern for her, you know?

The “Six Months To Live” headline is one the Enquirer uses a lot to move copies. They take celebrities, have a quack doctor look at photos of them and speculate on their general health, and then proclaim that they have X amount of months or years to live. In a couple of cases they’ve been right (I looked over past issues and they did predict Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Edwards’ demise) but most of the time it’s just a dubious effort to entice people to buy the tabloid. What I’m saying is that I hope The Enquirer is wrong. I hope that Macaulay has way more than six months to live and that he’s not addicted to anything except Red Bull. (A can of which he’s been seen with virtually every time he’s been photographed this year.) Some of you have floated the theory that he’s sick with an undisclosed illness and that may be why he looks so gaunt. I hope that’s not true either, but you never know.

Macaulay reportedly attended Natalie Portman’s wedding over the weekend. He’s said to be old friends with her. That’s good news.

I found this video of Macaulay at NY Comicon in October, 2011 as part of the Robot Chicken panel. (He voices a character on the animated show.) Macaulay licks Seth Green’s face in response to a member of the audience asking Seth for a “sexy pose with Macaulay.” Macaulay does not seem sober at all. Maybe he’s just really high.

Macaulay in February, 2012. Credit: FameFlynet

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  1. Mia says:

    Wow. In the last pic, he looks like a newborn baby monkey. And I feel bad for thinking that, but it does seem like he has some kind of substance issue, or an eating disorder. Red Bull is also dangerous if you consume it frequently, it takes a toll on your heart and the caffeine addiction comes on so strong.

  2. Bobo says:

    He’s 31yrs old. Not 21.

  3. Aussie girl says:

    Cb, I too hope that they’ve got it wrong. But I think deep down we both know this man is on some serious drugs. Riding the white horse.

  4. phoenix says:

    I think Seth and Macauly are sexy. I hope they’re bi.

  5. TheOriginalKitten says:

    SMH at some of the denial. I wonder why it’s so hard for people to believe he may have an addiction issue?
    I’ve never seen any celeb on a celeb blog get SO much of the benefit of the doubt from people.
    I guess it’s because we all know that child stars never fall victim to addiction? *eye roll*

    • Aussie girl says:


    • daisydoodle says:

      It’s really an old story…if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, guess what? Yeah, he has serious issues. By the way, loove the Kirsty Alley picture in the corner.

      • Kevn says:

        I was thinking the same thing about Kirsty’s picture. She has a face like a meatloaf. I have a young cousin who beat a heroin addiction. Went through the methadone and all that. It wasn’t pretty but at least she has her life back.

    • Raven says:

      That last photo is pretty telling.

  6. Eleonor says:

    I HOPE he is not on drugs, but whatever it is, he is not an healthy person, he is obviously underweight. If he has a disease it’s his right to keep it as private as he wants. I hope he gets his stuff together.

  7. Birdie says:

    I guess he is on something, but putting him on the spot so publicly can make it worse. And the National Enquirer are such hypocrites, they are worried? My a**.

  8. serena says:

    LOL Seth Green is adorable.

    Anyway Mac seems really high in the video.. I hope the tabloids are wrong, but he seriously needs to get help NOW.

  9. Kimlee says:

    First off what ever going on with Macauly I hope he gets it together.

    Secondly who is the Enquirer to challenge him to a drug test. If he and his people want to denied the story so be it they have the right. 

    Thirdly  the writer of this article, writing about The NATIONAL ENQUIRER  In First person makes the writer sound like a douchebag.

  10. Jen34 says:

    I hope he gets better. He does look like an addict.

    I disapprove of what the NE is doing, though. Putting it out there isn’t going to help him. It may actually cause him harm.

  11. some bitch says:

    Wow, does he ever look ill…

    Judging from past photos of Culkin, he’s naturally a pretty slender guy, but he looks like he’s wasting away in the more recent photos. I would tend to believe he’s involved in some really hard drugs. His appearance now almost reminds me of how Amy Winehouse looked during the worst of her drug addiction- really skinny, pale, out of it and tons of denial. Out of all the child actors who fall, his story sticks out as especially tragic.

  12. d says:

    So what was Lainey’s blind-ish article about a while ago? Something about how he’s got major issues about xyz, but everyone likes him and he’s a nice guy and they’re going to protect him and let’s not talk about it. This whole thing is wierd. Anyway, what the NE is doing is gross and wrong and bullying.

  13. bollox says:

    There’s a recent(July) video&interview with Mac on youtube, search for: Live at LPR: Macaulay Culkin’s iPod.

  14. valleymiss says:

    I tend to think that the Enquirer wouldn’t take it this far and name a source unless it was 100% true. Poor Mac. 🙁 Losing Mila after 8 years, AND his sister getting hit by a car and dying, all within the last few years. I can totally understand why he would want to “check out” of life by using drugs. I really feel sympathy for him. 🙁

  15. DreamyK says:

    Mac saying he’s down for “any freaky stuff” on the video is …unsettling.. given what the Enquirer is alleging.

  16. Catlady says:

    One thing the National Enquirer has always been on the forefront of is medical breakthroughs and related stories. I doubt they use “quack” doctors for this sort of thing since they have an excellent track record on this subject. I think the number of times they have been wrong about celebrity drug use and addictions is pretty small. If they were you’d be posting boatloads about lawsuits filed by celebrities wrongly accused of drug addictions but I can’t recall seeing any at all.

  17. Carla says:

    Wait, this magazine claims he has “6 months to live” and then calls their report reliable and factual? Are they psychic, too? They have often pulled the “6 months to live” headline about countless celebrities, all of which have been untrue, as are almost all of their stories. I am happy to see more celebrities and their agents come forward and take a stand against rumors, it’s refreshing to see them stand up for themselves.

  18. Steph says:

    Well their source obviously believes it to be true, considering who it’s coming from. Dark sunglasses inside can be another obvious sign of using – or general douchiness.

  19. Colin Sullivan says:

    Macaulay should them tell to go f-ck themselves! Just because he’s a public figure doesn’t give people the right to stick their noses in to his business. I hate people who are anti-drug users as much as they hate drug users.

  20. Veronica says:

    Notice how his rep didnt actually deny the story, they just asked to please not spread it

  21. Lady_Luck says:

    I distinctly recall celebitchy did a ‘blind item’ a few months ago on a ‘drug addicted’ former star and his ‘up and coming’ ex gf whose greatest year for fame so far was last year, and she was provding him all kinds of escorts to have orgies with and party drugs to feed his habit. It had to be Macauley and Mila. It had to be.

  22. Bill Smith says:

    Why this is such a hard story for people to grasp is because Macaulay Culkin is part of all people’s lives around the holidays. Everyone watches Home Alone during that time in the same way people watch A Christmas Story. To see that young man go in this direction is difficult for people to comprehend, although it is not unique of course

  23. Melissa says:

    I never thought I’d say this, but The Enquirer is doing the responsible thing. It seems like all these rags do is gloss over the OBVIOUS drug addictions of people like Lindsay Lohan, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, etc. Notice that only one person from that list is still alive?