Madonna’s elder brother has been left living on the streets of Michigan after losing his job at the family’s vineyard.
The Material Girl’s sibling Anthony Ciccone claims he been homeless for over a year and has been living under a bridge in Traverse City since losing his job at his father’s winery in Suttons Bay, Michigan.
The 55 year old spoke to the Michigan Messenger while receiving a free meal at one of the city’s churches, and alleged his relatives – including his millionaire sister – have turned their back on him.
He says, “My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time. 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. I don’t have any income, I’ve got to go collect bottles and cans, do odd jobs.”
He also reveals the true extent of his misery living as a vagrant – he has suffered frostbite from the cold Michigan weather.
He adds, “Where do you go at 8 o’clock on a Sunday morning and you have no money in your pocket? You get nerve damage (from the cold). That’s the milder stage, in the severe stage you have tissue damage, that is when you lose parts of your body.
“I got frostbite on my feet last winter. A friend of mine lost all 10 toes. Several have died of hypothermia.”