Mila Kunis had a ‘horrible breakup’ with Macaulay Culkin: ‘I was an a–hole in my 20s’


Mila Kunis sat down with Dax Shepard for his Armchair Expert podcast, to promote her new movie The Spy Who Dumped Me. The movie looks somewhat cute, and it’s always nice to see a female-led action-comedy. Even though I’m still sort of full of hate about Mila being with Ashton Kutcher (she could do so much better!), I have to admit… she does come across as “real” most of the time. There are exceptions, of course, but I liked what she said in this podcast about relationships and Macaulay Culkin and Ashton.

Her relationship with Macaulay Culkin ended in 2010: It was “a horrible, horrible breakup… I f—— up. I was an a—— in my 20s and I’ll be the first to admit it. And that’s something that took me a long time to come out and be like, ‘Yeah, you know what, I was a d—,’ and accept it and I own it now. And it’s f—— up what I did. It’s f—— up what I did and it’s f—— up how I did it. When I got to be a single I said, ‘I just need to figure myself out.’ I genuinely need to know why I did what I did, and, like, regroup myself as a human being.”

Whether she’s forgiven herself for what happened: “You know, it’s been so long like I feel like enough time has gone by. I think enough mutual friends have been like, everybody kind of forgave everybody for what went down.”

Whether there was any ‘blowback’ when she started dating Ashton: “I don’t have social media, so there probably was, and I was just shielded from it by him. … I guess I didn’t realized what [any repercussions] would be, but I was like, ‘This is either going to go one way or the other.’ I told my mom I was seeing him. We were driving up Laurel Canyon, and I was like, ‘Mom I have to tell you I’m dating somebody. And she was like, ‘Oh tell me! Who are you dating?’ And I was like,‘You’ve got to brace yourself for this one … I’m dating Ashton Kutcher. And she literally was like, ‘Shut the f—k up’ in Russian. I was like, ‘No I’m serious. I also may be in love with him so… There were so many thoughts that she couldn’t process. … There’s so many versions of his life that people thought he was that he wasn’t.”

[From People and Us Weekly]

Mila’s mom is a hero. I love that her mom reacted that way, with horror. It really is appalling, the fact that Ashton Kutcher could score a woman like Mila. As for what she says about Macaulay… they were together for eight years and they were pretty low-key about it, and yes, that relationship covered the late-teen and early-to-mid 20s where a lot of people are just a–holes in relationships. My theory is that she cheated on him? I think that’s what she’s alluding to. I think I know who she was banging on the side too: Justin Timberlake. That’s just my gossip theory!

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  1. Natalie S says:

    My vague impression is that Culkin has had issues with drugs and alcohol and his circle, including Seth Green, have tried to keep it from the press while trying to help Culkin privately. I think Mila might have had to take care of him and after they broke up, she maybe wasn’t the nicest person while she was sorting herself out.

    Ashton Kutcher is also a douche. Was he involved with Uber? I know at some point he did support trying to personally discredit reporters who cover crappy practices by tech companies.

    • eto says:

      Despite being a douche for as long as I remember, I give him a pass because he’s actually done some pretty amazing work in the child sex trafficking arena. More than some of the US elected officials!

  2. girl_ninja says:

    If she was with Justin during that time that’s unfortunate. She could do better than that, he’s so beneath her.

    • Red says:

      I honestly don’t believe that she hooked up with Justin. There were tons of rumors at that time that Justin wanted Mila, but that she always said no and that she wasn’t attracted to him. He was all over during their press for their movie. Just my two cents, I could be wrong but I never got that vibe from them that they were anything more than friends.

      • Lisa says:

        I feel like she was. I remember a video on youtube that showed them at a press panel. A Russian interviewer asked a simple question to him and she took over and ripped the interviewer to shreds. Over nothing. It definitely felt like when a woman wants to protect her man and sort of “posture” in defense of him.

      • Yup, Me says:

        I saw that same interview segment and the “ripped to shreds” thing is extreme. I thought she was funny and a smart ass, as she often is. And it came across as someone taking the lead and speaking because they are comfortable and confident and also know that it’s important to keep things moving along, which can be challenging when the other cast member is sitting and waiting for translations.

  3. Veronica S. says:

    Her taste in men is highly questionable, but I’ll give her credit for owning the failure of the relationship with Caulkin. Sometimes when people screw up, they want to offset it with conditional circumstances, but she is full on saying, “Nope, I was the jackass.”

  4. aqdgsbh says:

    Ashton Kutcher looks about 20 years younger and 100% better than he did when he was dating Demi Moore :/ What has she done to him?

    • tracking says:

      Totally different lifestyle. Demi’s a partier. He seems to have more of a quiet, homebody lifestyle with Mila. Must be healthier. He’s also grown into his looks a bit.

  5. Natalia says:

    One of the main things I like about her is that she’s not afraid to appear super ugly and disheveled in public like a normal person but then when she cleans up, she cleans up exceptionally beautifully.

    • tracking says:

      I can’t imagine her looking super ugly under any circumstances, but she definitely seems grounded and low maintenance in her everyday life.

      • Natalia says:

        Yeah, ugly wasn’t the right word really. How about “not pretty?!” She looks really gorgeous, even regal, in that 2nd photo above, and I LOVE the dress.

      • W power says:

        I feel Ashton and Mila have settled into adulthood together. Sadly they both came from “stepping stone” relationships that were somewhat loveless but upped their celebrity. At least she admits to being an a hole – now it’s her husband’s turn?

  6. Becks1 says:

    I……had no idea she and Macauley Culkin dated. I feel so out of the loop from 10 years ago, haha.

  7. tealily says:

    Her language sure makes it sound like she cheated on him. That sucks. But seriously, I’d love to hear the story.

  8. Cora says:

    Refreshinly honest, good for her. Ashton WAS a douche, I admire him so much now. His work in child sex trafficking is so impressive. He has saved though his foundation 6000 kids from sexual traffic and slavery. SIX THOUSAND. He is working full time in Thorn now.

  9. Happy21 says:

    I’m over Ashton as douche. He seems to be truly happy with Mila and is, from what I’ve read and seen, a good dad. PLUS all of the work he’s put into the child sex trafficking, he’s made up for his past douchieness.

  10. Original T.C. says:

    This explains why she hooked up with Ashton despite him cheating to get out of his marriage. Sounds like she did the same on her relationship. Yeah count down to who cheats first between her and Ashton. There is always another method of breaking up with someone that doesn’t involve you breaking their trust. Like packing up your stuff in a Uhaul and moving your stuff out.

  11. Queenb says:

    Ugh I hate statements like that. Either say what you did but dont make people speculate.

    • Hotsauceinmybag says:

      I don’t think she’s under any obligation to say what she did. Maybe she doesn’t want to open any old wounds, bring attention to specific people involved, be misquoted, or aggravate stuff that’s now been put to rest, ya know?

      Also, she just doesn’t have to say anything. It’s her and Caulkin’s business.

  12. Yes Doubtful says:

    I always thought Culkin and her were an odd match physically and personality wise, but he is quirky and pretty down to earth so I understand her draw to him. It’s too bad she messed that up because Ashton is a downgrade IMO.

  13. Amanda says:

    This site is so caught up in thinking/speculating about cheating. Maybe she was a horrible person to him? Maybe she yelled and screamed and called him names? Maybe she ghosted him? There are so many things she could have done besides cheating.

    Anyway, Good on her for being honest about her behaviour.

  14. serena says:

    It seems she really did something horrible to Macaulay.. I hope she apologized to him in some sort of way, instead of waiting for time to wash it away.