For some, the news that Brenda and Macaulay had a baby was just as surprising as the news that the two were even an item. So, how did the new parents meet?
Brenda has been dating Macaulay since 2017, and they just welcomed their first child.
The Dollface star is typically tight-lipped when it comes to talking about her personal life. However, she spoke with Entertainment Tonight in 2019 about her relationship with boyfriend Macaulay Culkin. The two actors originally bonded over growing up as child stars.
“It’s almost like child actors … don’t even have to talk about it. You just look each other in the eye and you nod and we know,” the 33-year-old explained. The pair first sparked relationship rumors in June 2017 and were then photographed grabbing pizza in Paris that December. In September 2018, Brenda told Us Weekly that she doesn’t “like to talk about [her] personal life, but everything’s wonderful,” when asked about her relationship. She added, “I’m happy.”
Although you won't spot Macaulay on Brenda's Instagram much, and vice versa, the two do sometimes promote each other's work or promote work that they paired up on together. Other than that, though, the most we know about their relationship comes from what they've said in interviews. And according to Macaulay, he's been wanting to have a baby with Brenda for quite some time.
A month before Brenda spoke to Us Weekly in 2018, Macaulay opened up about his girlfriend and their relationship on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, telling the host, “This one’s a good one, so I’m probably going to put some babies in her in a little bit. I mean, we’ve definitely been practicing.”
Before the pair started dating, Brenda was previously engaged to singer Miley Cyrus’s older brother, Trace. The two eventually split in June 2012. As for Macaulay, he dated actress Mila Kunis for almost nine years, but the two called it quits in 2011. Prior to dating the That '70s Show star, the 40-year-old was married to actress Rachel Miner from 1998 to 2002.
Brenda and Macaulay named their son after his sister, who died in 2008.
Baby Dakota was named for another very important Dakota in Macaulay's life — his sister. In 2008, she died at the age of 29. She was struck by a car after stepping off the curb on the west side of Los Angeles, according to police. She was taken to a hospital, where she later died of head injuries.