Actor Macaulay Culkin had a close friendship with the late Micheal Jackson, something he’s aware many deem abnormal. Between the 22-year age gap between them and how Jackson stood trial in 2005 on child molestation charges (which he was found innocent of), curiosity was inspired in many regarding their kinship.

Culkin, however, explained their friendship on Tuesday’s installment of the “Inside of You With Michael Rosenbaum” podcast, discussing how it “made sense.”

After the success of Home Alone, which Culkin headlined as a child actor, Jackson had reached out to him. As Jackson himself became famous as a kid when he sang in the Jackson Five, he could relate to Culkin.

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“I mean, at the end of the day, it’s almost easy to try say it was like weird or whatever, but it wasn’t, because it made sense,” Culkin explained. “At the end of the day, we were friends. It’s one of my friendships that people question, only because of the fact that he was the most famous person in the world.”

Continuing, Culkin described himself back then as “peerless,” expressing how no one attending his Catholic school understood what he was experiencing. “He was the kind of person who’d been through the exact same frickin’ thing and wanted to make sure I wasn’t alone.”

Culkin spoke highly of Jackson’s character, adding how the King of Pop seemed to enjoy how Culkin treated him as an ordinary person. “For me, it’s so normal and mundane. I know it’s a big deal to everybody else, but it was a normal friendship.”