Actor Macaulay Culkin recently opened up about his friendship with late pop star Michael Jackson.
“A lot of things were happening, big and fast with me and I think he identified with that,” Culkin said.
"I mean, at the end of the day, it's almost easy to try to say it was like weird or whatever, but it wasn't, because it made sense," he added. "At the end of the day, we were friends."
Despite the age difference between the two – roughly 22 years – Culkin said he was a “peerless person” at the time Jackson befriended him. He also noted he felt Jackson was able to relate to him because the “Thriller” singer also found fame at a young age, as he was a part of “The Jackson 5.”
"Nobody else in my Catholic school had even this much idea of what I was going through and he was the kind of person who'd been through the exact same frickin' thing and wanted to make sure I wasn't alone," he said.
"For me, it's so normal and mundane. I know it's a big deal to everyone else, but to me, it was a normal friendship."
At one point during the trial, Culkin — who was 24 at the time — took the witness stand in Jackson’s defense, claiming he once shared a bed with Jackson and said he was never molested by him, The Washington Post reported.
In the interview with Rosenbaum, Culkin again defended his friendship with Jackson, calling it “mundane” and “normal.”
"For me, it's so normal and mundane. I know it's a big deal to everyone else, but to me, it was a normal friendship,” he said, also describing Jackson as “sweet” and “funny.”
Jackson died at the age of 50 in 2009 after suffering a heart attack caused by a drug overdose.