Groan Alone: What’s gone wrong with Home Alone’s Macaulay Culkin?

The actor looked worryingly gaunt as he stopped to pose for a photo with a fan

Success: The child star in Home Alone

He captivated audiences as the cheeky cherub-faced lad in movie hit Home Alone.

But Macaulay Culkin cuts an altogether less wholesome figure on a day out in New York.

The actor looked worryingly gaunt as he stopped to pose for a photo with a fan.

Sporting a wispy goatee beard, the 31-year-old’s black leather jacket hung off his thin frame as he clutched an energy drink.

His appearance is certainly a far cry from the cute boy who played Kevin McCallister in the 1990 film Home Alone, which grossed more than £300million worldwide.

He was the decade’s biggest child star and commanded £4million a movie by the time he starred in 1994’s Richie Rich.

By the mid-1990s Culkin was estimated to be worth £25million.

But rather than set him on the road to adult superstardom, his career imploded. He endured a vicious dispute with his parents, who he sued amid allegations they mishandled his fortune.

The actor won the case in 1998, with the judge firing his dad Christopher Culkin and mum Patricia Brentup and giving the family’s accountant sole charge of his fortune until he turned 18.

That same year, Macaulay married his childhood sweetheart, Rachel Miner, but the couple sadly divorced four years later.

In 2002, he embarked on a relationship with actress Mila Kunis, which lasted eight years. Two years later he was arrested in Oklahoma City for possession of marijuana and two controlled substances.

He initially denied the charges in court, but then reversed the plea to guilty and received three suspended prison terms.

The child star was also caught up in Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial in 2005 and was even forced to testify. He defended his friend, saying he had stayed over many times in his bedroom but nothing had ever happened. Jackson was later cleared.

Culkin is rumoured to be starring in the British military film Service Man, set for release next year.

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