Anthony Ciccone

Madonna’s Homeless Brother Lashes Out At Superstar Sister

Madonna’s homeless brother has lashed out at the superstar for allegedly turning her back on him, insisting his famous sister doesn’t care if he is “dead or alive”.

The Vogue hitmaker’s elder brother Anthony Ciccone has been living on the streets of Traverse City, Michigan for almost three years after losing his job at the family’s vineyard.

Madonna previously tried to help her sibling with his alcohol battle by paying for him to attend a rehab clinic in Texas eight years ago, but the treatment was unsuccessful and reports suggest Ciccone recently spent a month in jail for public intoxication and swearing in front of children.

Hitting out at his superstar sibling, whose net worth was this week estimated at $1 billion, Ciccone tells the MailOnline.co.uk, “Madonna doesn’t give a s**t if I’m dead or alive. She lives in her own world. I never loved her in the first place, she never loved me. We never loved each other.

“(I am in this position because I had) no family back-up, when the chips fell, no family back-up. I’d rather be working. What would you do under these circumstance when your family has stood against you completely?”

But Kathy Mateyer, a close friend of the family who works in the vineyard’s winetasting room, claims both Madonna and her father Tony have tried to reach out to her brother several times – to no avail.

She tells the publication, “They have helped him so many times. Tony has put him through rehab and given him lots of chances. I think Madonna paid for rehab a few times.”

Madonna Paid For Brother To Go To Rehab

The pop star says she tried to help her unfortunate elder brother before he became homeless by checking him into a clinic in Texas.

The singer’s brother Anthony Ciccone hit headlines this month when it was revealed he has been living on the streets of Traverse City, Michigan since losing his job at the family’s vineyard.

Ciccone told reporters his “family turned their back on me”, but insisted he didn’t want help because of his showbusiness connections.

In a new interview with Britain’s Daily Mail, it is revealed Madonna tried to help her brother six years ago by paying for him to undergo a two-month stay in a rehab clinic in Texas to battle his drinking problem, but the treatment didn’t work.

Ciccone is adamant he didn’t need rehab and is convinced his family should have done more to help him.

He tells the publication, “I’m a zero in their eyes; a non-person, an embarrassment. If I froze to death, my family probably wouldn’t know or care about it for six months…. My family seem to think rehab is some kind of magic panacea for life’s ills…”

However, Ciccone, 55, insists he doesn’t resent his famous sister’s success, but he does wish she would get in touch.

He adds, “I’m proud of my sister – but it’s been a burden, because I can’t be me; I have to be related to a celebrity. People have their ideas and expectations. My sister’s a multi-millionaire – but she earned it, 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… Just to communicate would be nice… There isn’t much else that exists outside of what she’s doing.”