Madonna's Brother Anthony Ciccone is Homeless
Madonna is reportedly worth $650 million, but her 55-year-old brother Anthony Ciccone is living on the streets of Michigan, relying on the kindness of churches and charities for money.
Ciccone told The Michigan Messenger that he spent last winter battling frostbite living under a bridge in the northern ski town of Traverse City.
"My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time," he told the paper.
"You think I haven't answered this kind of question a bazillion times, why my sister is a multibazillionarie, and I'm homeless on the street? Never say never. This could happen to anybody."
Ciccone claims to have been living on the streets for more than a year after losing his job at the family winery. The 'Ciccone Vineyard' is run by Madonna's father Tony (pictured below) and his wife Joan, whom he married following the death of Madonna's mother, also named Madonna, from cancer in 1963.
Anthony's job was to help sell the produce, which at one point included five varieties of 'Madonna' wine.
The second of eight children, Anthony says he has been forced to resort to extreme measures in order to survive: "I don’t have any income. I’ve got to go collect bottles and cans, do odd jobs."
"If you spend enough time on frozen concrete without proper insulation you will get frostbite. You have no idea how gruesome it is."
"You get nerve damage. That’s the milder stage, in the severe stage you have tissue damage, that is when you lose parts of your body. A friend of mine lost all ten toes. Several have died of hypothermia."
Anthony said that he huddles in the lobby at the local jail or hypermarket to stay warm, while relying on free meals at churches.
Back in 2008, Madonna's younger brother Christopher published a book 'Life With My Sister Madonna,' in which he detailed her relationship with ex-husband Guy Richie and depicts the star as manipulative and self-obsessed.