The elusive Macaulay Culkin was recently photographed during a rare candid stroll in New York City. According to Radar Online, Culkin has been treating an alleged drug addiction. Although it isn't specified what the addiction is, a source hinted that he goes to a specific New York City hospital for a methadone fix.
The source claimed back in April, "When Mac wants or needs to get sober, he goes for the occasional fix of methadone at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital in New York City."
Culkin's recent appearance strolling the streets of New York lead to speculation that he hasn't kicked his habit. The source continued, saying that he hasn't had a formal rehab stay, which is key to staying sober.
The former child star and now retired actor looked disheveled as he was spotted with unkempt hair and chipped nail polish.
#MacaulayCulkin surfaces in NYC amid rumors he's relapsed: https://t.co/7nbgKlgm23 pic.twitter.com/umCQubWjM0
— Shane Avery (@ShaneAvery) May 9, 2016
Reclusive #MacaulayCulkin Seen Smoking & Wearing Red Nail Polish After Methado... https://t.co/G9ILLNtCAx #Celebrity pic.twitter.com/MuvT6p1uHF
— Zesty Celebrity News (@zesty_celebrity) May 8, 2016
"As far as I'm aware, he has yet to enroll in a full-time program meant for long-term sobriety. Unfortunately, using methadone randomly and not in a controlled environment has its own inherent risks, in that it can also be addictive if abused."Another source told Radar Online, "If you saw Mac, you'd think he was a homeless bum or a drifter. He certainly looks the part!"
That said, Culkin's appearance is nothing compared to the striking photos that surfaced years ago, which circulated around numerous tabloids, speculating heroin abuse.
OMG...What hard drugs can do!!! #MacaulayCulkin #HA pic.twitter.com/QucaH890BY
— Grizi (@enkay96_) November 17, 2014
this is what hard drugs do to you #MacaulayCulkin #31 #disgusting pic.twitter.com/kF6aDjgtDespite reports suggesting the actor has had a relapse, Culkin's reps have denied that the actor has a drug problem. According to insiders, Culkin's alleged heroin habit started as early as 2011, when his relationship to actress Mila Kunis started to fall apart. The two were dating for eight years before they called it quits in 2011. At the time, a publicist confirmed their split, "The split was amicable, and they remain close friends."
— ✺ (@hollanndddd) April 5, 2012
As we know, Kunis went on to date and eventually marry co-star Ashton Kutcher, whom she shares a child with.
As the Inquisitr reported, back in 2012, reports first circulated that Macaulay Culkin was addicted to hillbilly heroin. His rep Michelle Bega said these claims were "ridiculously fictitious' and 'insulting.'" The initial report went on to say that the former actor has "six months to live" and had a habit that cost him $6,000 a month. His rapid weight loss, which was evident in photos, was blamed on his alleged overdose on painkillers. The source back then said that he was addicted to, " heroin, oxycodone, Percocet and Vicodin. I have witnessed his drug taking, which has escalated over the past year and a half to the point where he needs serious help."
Rumors of a supposed drug habit died down in the press as Culkin remained reclusive and out of the spotlight aside from a few appearance with his Velvet Underground cover band called The Pizza Underground.
In 2013, it was rumored that he had made the move to Paris in 2013 to live with famous drug addict Pete Doherty. According to sources, the two became friends through a mutual friend, New York artist Adam Green. A source told The Sun about their alleged pairing, "Macaulay and Pete may seem an odd couple but they've got loads of interests and life experiences in common."
The last we heard from Culkin was during a rare interview with Vulture in April. He opened up about his career post-stardom.
"I'm a man in his mid-30s who's essentially retired. I kind of go where the wind takes me a little bit."The retired actor went on to say that these days he spends most of his time painting, writing in his notebooks, and "whatever'ing."
As for his strolls, Culkin said, "I'll take walks at two or four in the morning, because there's nobody out on the streets and it's easy for me to go unnoticed."
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