Madonna's Brother Says He's Homeless
October 24, 2011
Madonna's older brother, Anthony Ciccone, says he's living homeless in Michigan after his family "turned their back" on him.
Ciccone tells the Michigan Messenger he's been living on the streets of Traverse City after losing his job at his father's winery more than a year ago. "My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time," Ciccone said. "You think I haven't answered this kind of question a bazillion times – why my sister is a multibazillionaire, and I'm homeless on the street? Never say never. This could happen to anybody."
Ciccone revealed he got frostbite on his feet last winter and said several of his friends died after contracting hypothermia on the streets. "I don't have any income, I've got to go collect bottles and cans, do odd jobs," he added.
The story featuring Ciccone examined the growing homeless population in Traverse City, where many vagrants have flocked because the city has a uniquely solid network of homeless services.