Madonna’s Brother: Why Am I Homeless?
The Material Girl’s brother has a money problem.
In an interview last week with the local newspaper Michigan Messenger, Madonna‘s older brother Anthony Ciccone said he’s been homeless for more than a year and his super star sister isn’t helping him out.
“My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time,” Ciccone said. He began living under a bridge in Traverse City, Mich., after losing his job at the family winery, Ciccone Vineyard.
“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?” he said. ”Never say never. This could happen to anybody.”
Ciccone, 55, said life on the streets has worn him down: “I got frostbite on my feet last winter. A friend of mine lost all ten toes. Several have died of hypothermia.”
A rep for Madonna did not respond to ABCNews.com’s multiple requests for comment.
Ciccone isn’t the first sibling of Madonna’s to have a falling out. In 2008, her younger brother, Christopher Ciccone, put out a book in which he detailed her relationship with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie and her personality flaws. “I think, ultimately, she’s a lonely person and, unfortunately, it, it truly is lonely at the top,” he told “ Good Morning America.”