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Macauley Culkin Has No Time For James Franco’s Michael Jackson Questions

Well, this is awkward.

If you happen to bump into Macauley Culkin, learn from James Franco and maybe don’t ask him about his relationship with Michael Jackson, or the documentary Leaving Neverland, detailing the late singer’s accusations of sexual abuse. 

Given Culkin and Jackson were friends when he was just a child, speculation surrounding the nature of their relationship has followed Culkin for years – and has even entered his conversations with fellow actors. 

In a recent interview with Esquire, Culkin said, “here’s a good Michael Jackson story that doesn’t involve Michael Jackson at all.”

“I ran into James Franco on a plane. I’d bumped into him two or three times over the years. I give him a little nod as we’re putting our bags overhead.”

“Hey, how you doing? Good, how ya doing? And it was right after the Leaving Neverland documentary came out, and he goes, ‘So, that documentary!’ And that was all he said.”

“I was like, ‘Uh-huh.’ Silence. So then he goes, ‘So what do you think?’ And I turned to him and I go, ‘Do you wanna talk about your dead friend?’ And he sheepishly went, ‘No, I don’t.’ So I said, ‘Cool, man, it was nice to see you.’”

Eep.

The 2019 documentary Leaving Neverland was about Michael Jackson’s relationship with two boys, Wade Robson and James Safechuck. Now in their 30s, Robson and Safechuck tell the story of how they were sexually abused by the late singer.

According to Vanity Fair, Macauley Culkin served as a defense witness during Jackson’s 2005 trial and said he’d never been abused by the singer while staying at his Neverland Ranch. He also said the allegations against Jackson were “absolutely ridiculous,” and claimed his relationship with the singer was innocent. 

“He enjoyed my youthfulness. He liked being a kid with me,” Culkin told Marc Maron in 2018.

Whatever your opinion is on Macauley Culkin’s relationship with Michael Jackson, he clearly isn’t keen on rehashing it, or the documentary about his late friend. 

Jameela Jamil Regrets Coming Out As Queer In The Midst Of Backlash

"It was completely overwhelming."

Last week, actress Jameela Jamil came out as queer on Instagram after she copped major backlash over a new gig as the MC of a vogueing show.

After Deadline reported Jamil would be the MC and judge of HBO’s upcoming vogueing show Legendary, fans were quick to criticise the choice, with many claiming the actress was unqualified to be on a show about an LGBTQ subculture she’s not a part of.

Jamil tried to call out Deadline for incorrectly crediting her as the MC of the show, but it only backfired. This lead the 33-year-old actress to release a statement on her sexuality, and ultimately come out as a queer woman.

Fast-forward to this week and Jamil has some regrets about how the whole thing went down. The actress took to Instagram yesterday to share a selfie, which she captioned, “Well. Last week was a perfect clusterf*ck. It was completely overwhelming.”

She went on to say that “a misunderstanding was left uncorrected for too long, and misinformation spread too far, too fast, then my timing was bad, and in a moment of distress and pain, personal things were blurted out…”

Speaking about coming out as queer, Jamil said, “I thankfully chose the *most* inappropriate and unfortunate time, maybe ever, for mine.” 

In her caption, Jamil also thanked her followers for “the thousands of messages of kindness and deeply personal letters from strangers and people I know, coming out to me privately.”

“I don’t take it lightly and am happy for you that you felt ready to tell even one person,” she said. “Do it whenever you feel the time is right, as long as you think you’ll be safe. Don’t feel bad for hiding it for as long as you need, and move at your own pace. But feel no shame about getting it off your chest and know you aren’t alone.”

This week, the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA honoured Laura Dern with the most hilarious tribute at the Spirit Awards. Listen to the GOAT team spill the tea below:

As we’ve mentioned previously, it’s heartbreaking that Jameela Jamil felt forced to come out as queer to avoid hate, but her words are incredibly inspiring for anyone going through similar struggles.

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The 'Cheer' Cast Mat Talking At Fashion Week Is An Instant Mood Boost

YASSS.

New York Fashion Week has officially kicked off, and this year is already serving a very different vibe. Our social media feeds are still getting clogged up by contrived street style looks, exclusive front row lineups and totally unaffordable fashion brands, but this year, there are few more cheerful spirit fingers.

Yes, that’s right. Gabi Butler and Lexi Brumback from our new favourite Netflix show Cheer have descended upon New York Fashion Week to literally mat talk the models.

Video footage has emerged of the two cheerleaders sitting front row at the recent Brandon Maxwell show giving the models a high-energy pep talk as they stormed the runway. 

According to Dazed, when Butler and Brumback attended the Tory Burch show later on, they bumped into model Adwoa Boah who wrote on Instagram, “I will not stop until I am a member of Navarro.”

Gabi Butler and Lexi Brumback aren’t the only Cheer cast members who have gone on to reach new heights after the Netflix show premiered. 

Our beloved Jerry Harris recently signed with an influencer agency and even did red carpet interviews at the Oscars with Billie Eilish and Brad Pitt. 

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, Harris said, “a big thing that’s changed since the show started is obviously how many people want to talk to me, and feel like they already know me.”

“I feel like my job on earth is to spread positivity. And I love all the love I’m getting. Ooh, yes, I do!” he said.

Personally, I am very much here for Jerry and the entire cast of Cheer doing what they do best by spreading positivity – whether it be on the mat, the red carpet, or in the front row at fashion week. 

Speaking of spreading positivity, listen to the GOAT team chat to comedian Simon Taylor about finding comic relief during tough times on It’s Been A Big Day For…

Now, all I need is for coach Monica Aldama to be my personal life coach.

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