Reclusive actor Macaulay Culkin slammed tabloid rumours of a heroin addiction as he discussed growing up in the limelight.
The former child star, who now sings with band The Pizza Underground, has been dogged with rumours of a drug addiction since photographs of him looking gaunt in 2012 emerged.
In his first major interview for 10 years, he told The Guardian that the "concern" for him had been misplaced.
He said: "No, I was not pounding six grand of heroin every month or whatever.
"The thing that bugged me was tabloids wrapping it all in this weird guise of concern. No, you're trying to shift papers."
The 35-year-old has been famous since the age of four for movies including Home Alone, Uncle Buck and My Girl.
However, he told the newspaper he has "no idea" why there is still such interest in him.
He said: "I was thinking about this the other day - I'd crossed the wrong street, picked up a tail, suddenly there's a crush of 20 paparazzi. Then people with cameraphones get involved. I don't think I'm worthy of that."
Despite the attention, Macaulay said he is "very at peace" with himself currently, and has taken up a new career as a roadie for Har Mar Superstar and Adam Green after revealing to the Press Association that his band's next album would be their last.
He said he has no regrets over being a child star.
"It's allowed me to become the person I am, and I like me, so I wouldn't change a thing. Not having to do anything for my dinner, financially, lets me treat every gig like it's the last.
"If it is, I'd think: Culkin, you had a good run."
Macaulay is currently appearing in Compare The Market's new range of adverts alongside CGI meerkats Aleksandr and Sergei.