Exclusive: Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song Announce the Birth of Their First Child

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Now for some joy: last week, Macaulay Culkin and partner Brenda Song became the enthusiastic parents of a healthy baby.
The couple met a few years ago on a film set in Thailand for Changeland, a fun, moving story about friendship (directed by Culkin's old friend Seth Green). They moved into a charming house together, and Culkin painted a yellow brick road that led to the front door. They are wearing matching pajamas. Song bakes bread - she baked bread long before the pandemic. They have animals: three cats (the youngest is one he gave her for Christmas 2019, called Santa), a couple of fish, a Shiba Inu, and a blue-headed pionus who is a parrot.
Now all of that recedes into the blurry background, like it does when you have a child. Her private universe has a new center, a son: Dakota Song Culkin, born Monday, April 5th at 1:10 p.m. in Los Angeles, weighing 6 pounds and 14 ounces. Song is healthy.
Dakota, the first child of both actors, was named in honor of Culkin's sister Dakota, who passed away in 2008.
The couple only released this statement to Esquire after giving birth: "We are overjoyed."
When I spoke to Song about an Esquire cover story about Culkin last year, she said, "You can't be around him and you can't be happy." This is how they talk about each other: with a kind of disbelief that it feels so good to be with another person. They surprise each other with small expressions of this feeling - a plate of sushi ordered after a long day and nicely laid out, or a warm bath to soothe a sore back. When they started dating, Culkin said to me, "I've been waiting for the other shoe to fall." After a while he realized: "No - sometimes it's just good."
Song told me that if her mother got cancer treatment and came over to see the couple, Culkin would make things like her vegetable soup - with a sweet onion broth because she's a vegetarian - and his signature homemade potato chips, wrapped in a bag that she can take home with her.
This detail didn't make it into the cover story, the yellow brick street or the warm baths. But they belong in this one that isn't a story about child actors or shoes falling or getting famous or something.
It's a story about a family.
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