Macaulay Culkin was a famous child actor and is the star behind the hit “Home Alone” franchise. However, behind-the-scenes of her on-screen time wasn’t as glamorous as it seemed. It ended with Culkin and his father Kit not speaking to each other forever and Kit thought of him as his son.
Macaulay Culkin is known for his childhood days in the hugely popular “Home Alone” holiday movie franchise. However, in recent years, the dark side of her childhood fame and success and its effects on her family have been aired in the media.
Everything from the financial aspect to the custody battle and the court explosion was exposed, and the sad part of Culkin’s broken relationship with his father.
Culkin also talked about some of the hardships of working from a young age. He remembered the times when his mother would pick him up from school and tell him not to make any plans for the summer because he would be working.
Only to find out that the possibility of him not working wasn’t even an option as his parents would have already signed a contract on his behalf.
Culkin’s parents, Kit and Patricia Brentrup lived in North Dakota for a while before settling in New York. They had seven children, five boys and two girls.
According to reports, Kit aspired to become an actor. He appeared in a small role on Broadway, but the dream never took off enough to become a reality.
From there he worked as a taxi driver and served as sexton at a local church in New York. But Culkin said he gave her a “tainted view” of religion and called her father a “puppeteer” because he thought he was there to use church hosts.
While he had to find other ways to make money, he always hoped to bring the Culkin kids into the acting industry. So when he realized Culkin’s talent, he took on a new job as a manager, but the experience made Culkin feel trapped.
The ‘Home Alone’ star confessed that he shoots around 14 movies a year, but never had a clue what making a movie was like.
He confessed that he had never read a script. Instead, his dad walked the lines with him the night before and told him what to do.
Culkin would go to the set, play his part, and go home. After doing this for a long time, the actor said he stopped caring and wanted to quit acting since he was eleven years old.
Unfortunately, the dynamic between having his father as a manager caused Culkin and Kit to drift apart. The ‘My Girl’ star revealed that people who knew her father liked his management style but said they would have hated having him as a parent.
Therefore, the actor and his father have not been in contact for years. But Culkin thinks they both needed space to reflect on everything that happened between them.
Despite the family disruption, the actor said they were a close family. They spent a lot of time together in their New York apartment, which he explained as “an apartment that was basically a hallway with doors but no doors.”
He and his siblings slept on bunk beds and lived in this apartment for two years after having money. But while living there, Culkin was enrolled in Ensemble Studio Theater, a respected company, and was enrolled in classical ballet.
However, in addition to the family drama and court dispute, the Culkin children discovered that all those years Kit and Brentrup had never been legally married.
The custody battle that caused Macaulay Culkin to ‘divorce’ his parents
When the separation between her parents was in progress, the biggest battle was custody which lasted two years. It mainly revolved around Culkin’s fortune, estimated at between $15 million and $20 million.
The actor explained that he and his siblings didn’t want to live with their father and that he no longer wanted his parents to be responsible for his money. But this separation turned into him “divorcing” his father when it was a quick process to remove his parents from his trust.
Culkin said he found someone more legible to handle the funds, but the media overstated his decision.
However, the decision to take control of his finances, in addition to the tension between Culkin and his father since childhood, did not improve matters for their relationship.
In fact, Culkin said Kit was jealous of his success because he was able to achieve the goals his father aspired to before he was ten years old.
After the family broke up, they faced another painful tragedy. One of the Culkin children, Dakota, whom they called Cody, died in a car accident.
Dakota was hit by a car crossing the road. She was 30 and her death shattered Culkin. He gushed about how funny she was and all the acting aspirations she had for herself.
The actor admitted that Dakota’s death was the worst thing for their immediate family. Culkin thought the pain would subside over time, but 15 years later it still hurt.
He said he found himself crying out of nowhere and thinking he last spoke to his sister 15 years ago, not to mention the thought of never having the chance to see her again .
The actor also said he hasn’t been to church since Dakota’s funeral, but he still can’t believe a random trip for Gatorade and cigarettes took away his sister forever. .
What’s even more heartbreaking is that Dakota will never see her children, which remains a difficult feeling for him to understand.
He saw his father after 17 years
However, what Culkin still isn’t ready to put any energy into is his relationship with his father. In 2017, when one of his brothers, Kiernan, was performing on Broadway in “The is Our Truth,” his brother Shame told them that Kit was traveling from Oregon to see him perform.
Kit had just suffered a stroke that affected his speech, and Kiernan said he walked around with cards that said, “I’m not stupid. I understand you. I just had a stroke. »
Kit even opened up about his relationship and the fact that his girlfriend had Alzheimer’s disease, which made the couple unique and quiet. However, after seeing his father again 17 years later and seeing him hit with a stroke, Culkin still felt nothing. When asked how he felt, he said, “I don’t care.”
Kit’s stroke also affected his right hand, and as a writer he was unable to use it. In fact, his daughter-in-law Thalia Baker Fuchs said it’s been hard on him.
Thalia also revealed that Kit longs for reconciliation with his six children whom he never came into contact with after divorcing their mother, Brentrup.
But his daughter-in-law revealed he tried to reconnect with his children by watching their films. Kit especially enjoys watching “Home Alone” and Uncle Buck. “He tells stories about his children, of course, like any father would. He’s proud of them,” Thalia said.
Since suffering a stroke, his health has not improved. The father-of-five had a piece of artery ruptured and traveled to his brain while he was cooking.
His deteriorating health did not arouse any intention in his children to reach out to him. Thaila said Shane, Macaulay, Kieran, Quinn, Christian and Rory did not contact or help with medical bills.
Kits’ cooking incident landed him in the hospital, and he and his partner Jeannette, who suffers from memory loss, moved in with Thalia.
Watching Kit learn to speak and write again and seeing her mother struggle with her health issues has become difficult for Thalia to handle. She said she had a husband, three children and two dogs to care for, so the added responsibility of her parents had been overwhelming.
Thalia also came to the defense of her stepfather, saying all Kit did was earn money for her children and walk away with nothing. But she said the custody battle was never about money, but about her children and her controlling ex-wife.
For years without any communication between Kit and her children, Thalia is not convinced that a reconciliation is possible. But she is certain that Culkin will never speak to her again.
The choice not to talk to each other anymore doesn’t just come from Culkin’s side. After Culkin sided with his mother in the court battle, Kit said, “I don’t think of him as a son anymore.”
Her stroke gave her even more clarity about her broken relationship with him soon. He accepted the situation and made peace with never speaking to his son again.
Kit came out of the custody battle with nothing, but he and Jeannette are retired and living off their Social Security benefits like “normal people,” Thalia said.
As he got older, Culkin did his best to process his childhood trauma and see the positive side of things.
Things could have looked extremely bad, but he realized that it could have been worse. “I didn’t work in a coal mine. I wasn’t a child soldier. My dad didn’t sexually abuse me,” he said.
The former child actor continued to admit his childhood wasn’t great, but there were more positive aspects of his life to enjoy, like his handsome fiancé, Brenda’s Song, fame, home and pets.
To add to the list of things to enjoy is fatherhood. The actor and Song welcomed their first child, Dakota, in 2021, who they named after Culkin’s late sister.
The couple were thrilled with their new addition. “You can’t be near him and not be happy,” exclaimed the father.
Song and Culkin share the same background as child actors, which is one of the reasons their connection was so instantaneous. Their romance began in Thailand on a movie set, and after photos of them surfaced on the internet, Culkin confirmed the relationship in an interview.
He spoke very affectionately of his betrothed; from the start, he said she was the one he would have babies with. He was excited about the cute Asian girls they would make and they recently welcomed their second son.
Just like the birth of their first son, they also kept the second secret. But a close source revealed that they are happy and still very much in love with each other.
Culkin’s introduction to acting may not have been the best experience, but his talent gave people one of the best holiday movies, and he grew up to be a kind father and partner. and loving.