Madonna's older brother lives on the streets in Traverse City, Mich. and claims his billionaire sister "doesn't give a s*** if I'm dead or alive." Anthony Ciccone has been homeless for nearly two years after losing his job at the family's winery.
"I'm a zero in their eyes; a non-person, an embarrassment," says Ciccone of his family. "If I froze to death, my family probably wouldn't know or care about it for six months." Though he admits to the Daily Mail Madonna paid for him to have a two-month rehab stint in Texas six years back. Ciccone has undergone treatment for alcoholism on multiple occasions, but proudly recalls a time he smoked a joint with his superstar sister, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Iggy Pop.
Ciccone claims he's not out for Madonna's money, but instead wants something more personal from his younger sibling. "My sister's a multi-millionaire but she earned it," he says. "I have to give her credit for that. But you'd think there'd be some more family loyalty, and that's not the case." So, what does he want? "Just to communicate would be nice."
Ciccone says the last time he saw his sister she was stepping out of a limousine at a premiere, as he joined a crowd of onlookers then spent the night with vagrants. Meanwhile Madonna's MDNA tour recently pushed her bank account over the line into billionaire status.
The estranged siblings' father, Tony Ciccone, Sr., has offered to give Anthony his job back if he will seek professional help, but so far he has refused, saying "My family seem to think rehab is some kind of magic panacea for life's ills."
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