'I was an a**hole': Mila Kunis says she is to blame for Macaulay Culkin breakup
Mila Kunis is reflecting on her past relationship with Macaulay Culkin and the 34-year-old recently revealed that she was the one to blame for the breakup. Kunis and Culkin started dating in the year 2002 but ended up splitting after being together for eight years. While appearing on a podcast 'Armchair Expert with Dax Shepheard', she said that, before she hooked up with her current husband Ashton Kutcher, she had been single for around two years. She revealed that she fooled around with many guys and was not looking for anything serious given her relationship with Culkin and the way it ended.
About her mental state at the time, Mila joked, "Totally open for business. I had fun. I had a horrible, horrible breakup". When Shepherd asked her to clarify her statement and asked her if she was "sad" about the breakup, she bluntly responded, "No, I f**ked up. I was an a**hole in my 20s and I'll be the first to admit it. And that's something that took me a long time to come out and be like, 'Yeah, you know what, I was a d*ck,' and accept it and own it".
"And it's f**ked up what I did. It's f**ked up what I did, and it's f**ked up how I did it. When I got to be single, I said, I just need to figure myself out. I genuinely need to know why I did what I did and, like, regroup myself as a human being," she went on to add.
However, Kunis says that she has forgiven herself for what happened in the relationship and how she dealt with it.
"You know, it's been so long. I feel like enough time has gone by. I think enough mutual friends have been like... Everybody kind of forgave everybody for what went down. At 35, I could look back and be like, 'I was 20,'" she added. So far, Kunis has remained silent on her relationship with Macaulay Culkin except for when she spoke to Howard Stern in 2016.
During that interview, she spoke of Culkin's intense fame and how it was at its peak. "He was huge. You couldn't walk down the street with him. He always had this weird attraction, like fans just screamed when they saw him! They didn't know how to react. It wasn't like a normal response to a celebrity. Fans responded in a very abnormal way to him," she recalled.
Kunis moved on and is now married to Ashton Kutcher. The couple who has been married for three years, share two children together, a daughter and a son. Meanwhile, Culkin has also moved on and is believed to be dating former Disney star Brenda Song.
During Mila's podcast with Dax Shepherd, he asked her, "From my point of view, it took years before people embraced that Kristen [Bell] and I were an item. People were like, ‘Why is America’s sweetheart with a guy [who] I’ve only seen play a dumbass… I feel like there was similar blowback at first with you and Ashton. Was there?"
Kunis responded by saying, "I don’t have social media, so there probably was, and I was just shielded from it by him. I guess I didn’t realize what [any repercussions] would be, but I was like, ‘This is either going to go one way or the other. I told my mom I was seeing him. We were driving up Laurel Canyon, and I was like, 'Mom, I have to tell you I’m dating somebody'. And she was like, 'Oh. tell me! Who are you dating?' And I was like, 'You’ve got to brace yourself for this one. I’m dating Ashton Kutcher. And she literally was like, 'Shut the f—k up' in Russian".
"I was like, 'No, I’m serious. I also may be in love with him so...' There were so many thoughts that she couldn’t process. There’s so many versions of his life that people thought he was that he wasn’t," she added. Kunis and Kutcher first met on the sets of 'That 70s Show' in the year 1998 but their relationship did not get romantic till the year 2012 after Kutcher split from Demi Moore.
Kunis also revealed that it was possible that Kutcher's divorce from Moore could have affected her mother's reaction to their relationship. "He was coming off of a divorce. He was post, post, post, way post-divorce, but I think there was a lot of misconceptions about the divorce," Kunis said referring to the rumors that Kutcher was unfaithful during his marriage.
"And because he’s very private and respectful, he wasn’t gonna go and say anything so he kind of just let rumors be rumors, and so, people believe in the rumors," she continued. "People had a weird perception of who he was based on rumors that he didn’t correct. We went into this relationship super transparent with one another, so we knew 100 per cent each other’s faults, we knew exactly who we were. And we were like, ‘I accept you for who you are [sic]," Kunis said.
At the time of Kutcher's divorce to Moore, he spoke on the 'Armchair Expert' podcast as well and revealed, "Right after I got divorced, I went to the mountains for a week by myself. I did no food, no drink — just water and tea. I took all my computers away, my phone, my everything. I was there by myself, so there was no talking. I just had a notepad, a pen and water and tea — for a week," Ashton shared at the time.