Child actor Macaulay Culkin is speaking out about drug rumors that have followed him throughout his life.
In 2012, reports started flying that Culkin was abusing drugs after photos surfaced of him looking gaunt. He told the Guardian, "No, I was not pounding six grand of heroin every month or whatever. The thing that bugged me was tabloids wrapping it all in this weird guise of concern. No, you're trying to shift papers.”
Though Culkin hasn't appeared in any big Hollywood films in the past decade, cameras are still following him around to this day. He said, "It's been like that my whole adult life. You take on a prey-like attitude, always scanning the horizon. It's strange on dates, as it looks like you're not paying attention.”
He said of the public’s interest in his life, "I was thinking about this the other day — I'd crossed the wrong street, picked up a tail, suddenly there’s a crush of 20 paparazzi. Then people with camera phones get involved. I don't think I'm worthy of that.”’
As for why he still generates buzz, he commented, "The paps go after me because I don’t whore myself out.”
Culkin is currently keeping a low profile in Paris and feels no pressure about the future. He explained, "People feel they have to be in perpetual motion, or drown. I've never had a problem saying I've got nothing lined up… If you want to make an actor feel uncomfortable, ask them what they're doing next… Maybe I'll take the next year off. I'm not much active. If I knew what I wanted to do, I'd be writing it myself."
The 35-year-old went on to say, "Actually, I'm very much at peace lately."