Inside Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin's Private Romance

The couple made headlines with a rare public appearance in December 2023.
Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin at the hollywood walk of fame ceremony
Photo: Amy Sussman | Getty Images
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Updated Dec 04, 2023

Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin are among Hollywood's most mysterious couples, but the duo made a rare appearance for an important reason on December 1, 2023: At last, the Home Alone actor received his long-awaited star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Even more exciting was the presence of Culkin's family, including Song and their two children. During his acceptance speech, Culkin praised his long-time love with an emotional tribute to her support throughout their relationship. "I'd like to thank Brenda. You're absolutely everything," he said while his partner wiped tears from her eyes. "You're the best person I've ever known. And after the birth of our two boys, you've become one of my three favorite people."

Culkin famously and flawlessly delivered his role as Kevin McAllister in the '90s smash Christmas film franchise Home Alone. In the first movie, McAllister is the lone family member who accidentally left at home while the rest of his family is on vacation abroad. left to his own devices in a battle against burglars. "To wrap things up, and in the spirit of the holiday season, I just wanna say: 'Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals,'" Culkin joked at his star ceremony. Following their rare appearance in the public eye, fans have heightened interest in this famous couple's private romance. Read more on Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin's relationship timeline, including their marriage status, here.

  • How did Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin meet? The couple started dating in 2017 after connecting on the set of Changeland.
  • Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song confirmed their engagement in a 2021 interview.
  • Brenda and Macaulay have two sons together: Dakota Song Culkin and their youngest, who was born in late 2022.
  • Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin made a rare public appearance by stepping out together at the actor's December 2023 Star Ceremony with their kids.

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Are Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song Married?

While many have speculated that Brenda Song is Macaulay Culkin's wife, it's unclear if the couple is married. After quietly getting engaged in 2021, the two have never commented on their current relationship status. Although we don't have any confirmation of a Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin wedding, the former Disney actress did appear to be wearing a ring stack at Culkin's December 2023 Star Ceremony, meaning they could very well have already tied the knot in secret.

How Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin Met

The couple met on the set of the film Changeland in 2017. Sparks flew and they started dating either during or after filming wrapped. In July 2017, however, the two were spotted grabbing a meal together after filming had wrapped.

Later, Changeland director Seth Green went on the record about the chemistry between co-stars. ("I didn't see that one coming," he told Esquire.) Prior to Song, Culkin was in a long-term relationship with actress Mila Kunis, who went on to marry Ashton Kutcher.

Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin's Relationship Timeline

Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song
Photo: Michael Kovac | Getty Images for Ghetto Film School

To rewind to their love story origins: the couple fell in love at work and confirmed their engagement four years later. Read through their relationship timeline below.

2017: Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin First Meet

Stars… they're somewhat like us. In the case of Culkin and Song, the couple met at work, on the set of Changeland.

February 2020: They Go on the Record About Their Relationship

In his 2020 cover story with Esquire, Culkin shared intimate snippets about his otherwise low-key lifestyle and relationship with Song. "You can't be around him and not be happy," the Social Network actress said. Culkin added of his partner, "I was waiting for the other shoe to drop… No—sometimes it's just good."

At the time, both were hopeful about expanding their family. "We practice a lot," Culkin commented.

August 2020: Brenda Song & Macaulay Culkin Celebrate His 40th Birthday

Though largely private about her relationship especially on social media, Song took to Instagram in summer 2020 to commemorate Culkin's 40th birthday. "I could sit here and write endlessly about how wonderful, kind, loving, genuine, loyal, honest, brilliant and hilarious you are, and how grateful I am that I get to share and do this life thing with you," she wrote. "But firstly, that would take me an eternity and secondly, you won't even see this because you don't ever use Instagram. Hahaha. My unicorn that I never thought could exist, I am [the] luckiest person in the world because I am loved by you."

April 2021: The Stars Welcome Their First Child

Song and Culkin welcomed their first child, son Dakota Song Culkin, in Spring 2021. "We're overjoyed," the couple declared in a statement shared with Esquire. The child was born in L.A. on Monday, April 5, 2021. Little Dakota's name is especially sentimental, as it's linked to his late aunt, Dakota Culkin, who passed away at age 29 after being struck by a car.

Early 2022: Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin Get Engaged

After Song was photographed in Beverly Hills wearing a diamond sparkler on her left ring finger, People confirmed the couple was engaged.

Late 2022: Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song Welcome Their Second Child

In March 2023, Culkin's brother Kieran Culkin confirmed that the couple welcomed their second child, another son, during an interview with Access Hollywood. "The cousins live in Los Angeles and we live in New York. I have a one-year-old and a three-year-old, and as busy as I am, there's just no getting on a plane and going, and same with them," he said "I haven't met number two yet, and they haven't met number two yet either," he continued, referencing his children with his wife Jazz Charton. "We just haven't been able to figure that out."

As of now, Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin have never publicly shared the name of their second child.

December 2023: Macaulay Culkin & Partner Brenda Song Attend His Walk of Fame Ceremony

Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song with son Dakota at Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony
Photo: Amy Sussman | Getty Images

Joined by their two young boys, both under two, Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin made a rare public appearance for the actor's momentous occasion in Hollywood. Several of Culkin's direct family members were also in attendance at the ceremony, as well as his goddaughter Paris Jackson. Actors Seth Green, Natasha Lyonne and other Hollywood names also joined Culkin and his family.

Culkin's Home Alone mother, actress Catherina O'Hara, delivered a speech in rousing support of the now dad of two. "Macaulay, congratulations. You so deserve your star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," she expressed. "Thank you for including me, your fake mom, who left you home alone not once, but twice, to share in this happy occasion. I'm so proud of you."

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