Skip to comments.Madonna's brother living on street
Posted on 10/23/2011 9:50:53 AM PDT by rickmichaels
Madonna's older brother is homeless, living under a bridge in remote northern Michigan.
Anthony Ciccone, 55, told the Michigan Messenger newspaper that he lost his job more than a year ago at his father Silvio's winery near Traverse City, a resort community of 14,000 on upper Lake Michigan, about 215 kilometers south of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Ciccone says he has been living on the street ever since.
"My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time," Ciccone told the Messenger. "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 said he eats evening meals at Traverse City churches, and his only source of income is scrounging bottles and cans to return for their deposit value, and odd jobs.
Madonna Ciccone, 53, was born and raised in southern Michigan, the third of six children to an Italian immigrant father and a mother of French-Canadian descent. Madonna left the Detroit area for New York City in 1977, at age 19, to seek fame and fortune. By 1983 she had found it. Forbes magazine this year estimated Madonna's earnings from 2007 to 2010 alone to be $280 million.
Wow. A real “man on the street.”
The good news is that bridges are normally strong, solid structures. At least he isn’t living in a hut in Africa like Barry Soetoro’s brother.
Like all stories, this one probably has two sides. I would like to hear the other before I make any decisions.
In many cases people living in the streets have substance abuse problems. The family has bent over backwards to help them and finally has given up because the substance abuser won’t or can’t help themselves.
(With other people's money)
Isn’t that the brother that used to be her producer...or something like that?
What’s with these liberals - doesn’t Barry have a brother living in a hut? Shame on Madonna in more ways than one. Yet, for show, didn’t she adopt some foreign kid to give him a better life?
How long did you work there? Didn't you save any money? Didn't you have any investments you could sell like a house?
What an idiot.
Interesting that he chose such an upscale town to be homeless in. Kinda like Beverly Hills on ice.
Not far from Fat Mikey’s either.
Ok - good question - one I hadn’t thought about. I was thinking the winery may have closed. I didn’t think of the obvious.
Whats with these liberals
simple. They LOVE to spent OUR money on other people. Their own money? not so much.
Regardless of the circumstances, blood is blood. Given her huge wealth—a top 1 percenter—she should provide at least a roof over her brother’s head. The costs wouldn’t approach what amounts to a penny as a percentage of her net worth.
“...why my sister is a multibazillionaire, and I’m homeless on the street?...”
Does this mean he feels entitled to his sister’s money?
“he lost his job more than a year ago at his father Silvio’s winery”
Sounds like he was ingesting more of daddy’s wine than he was selling
You would think that Madonna could hire him to sweep up the leaves on one of her Florida estates. At least sleeping outside in Florida would be an improvement over Michigan in the winter.
Yeah, when dad fires you from the family business and your mufti-millionaire sister lets you sleep under a bridge then there has to be a good reason for it.
It would be interesting if the other side goes public on why they turned their backs on him. My guess is he snorted the first hundred offers of help they gave him and was back again with his hand out the next week.
At least that’s how my BIL use to be.
Oh! So he is one of the trolls living under the Mackinaw bridge (see essay #4)
Whats with these liberals - doesnt Barry have a brother living in a hut?””””
Barry the Imposter also has an aunt & an uncle living in the USA- after being ‘deported’, collecting AMERICAN TAXPAYER funds to live on.
Whatever her brother problems are..... It’s a shame his sister who can easily support in a modest way allows him to live on the streets
No family of mine will ever sleep under a bridge if I can help them....Unless they become a danger to themselves or me
Yea...it’s easy to ignore some other person who you have nothing to do with..... But family are different
I hear what your saying, but family is family. You would think with her megabucks she could at least keep him in some fancy sanitarium somewhere. The relative cost to her probably wouldn’t even be a rounding error.
That would still make him an idiot.
It's more likely he drank his paycheck. Or smoked it. Or snorted it. Or put it on the wrong horse. Or wrong color. Or wrong number.
Like the guy who told the reporter who had asked him what he's going to do with his lottery winnings, "I'm going to spend half of it on wine, women and song. The rest I'm going to spend recklessly."
Why? So maybe he can shoot up/get drunk/whatever in comfort? Enabling is taking the easy way out.
Think about what he must have done to get himself fired from his father's business. Do you think Papa Ciccone would have kicked him to the curb, knowing he'd be in for some bad press, if he didn't feel he was doing what was best for his son? Time for the 55-year old Tony to get his life in order--but he has to want to do that.
Ciccone said he eats evening meals at Traverse City churches,
...but never fear; he's found new enablers.
he should be thankful he’s not an Obama, or he’d be “hutless”
So you think living under a bridge vs. in a small heated apt will make him come to his senses? So it’s his surroundings that will put the spark in him? Don’t think so. If so, why not have rehab facilities under a bridge if it’s a tried and true remedy.
Giving one meal a day is now considered an enabler? WOW!
Unfortunately, sometimes supporting your family in bad times is the worst thing you can do. There is a reason he is where he is and not supported by his family. It’s never an easy thing to do but sometimes very necessary.
Yep. I didn’t get myself straightened out and quit drinking till I had to.
If he is a problem child, she could reach an agreement to care for him if he followed her rules. He lives in a house with “handlers”, people whose job it is to keep him out of trouble. And he has to sign off on their handling him, to the point of involuntary confinement if he gives them crap.
No drugs, no alcohol, no tobacco, no parties. He eats healthy food, wears clean clothes and is checked out by a doctor regularly. He does not leave the house unless he has two guards with him. He has a budget controlled by his handlers, and if he wants stuff, he can usually mail order it.
He does not talk to the media of any kind. Special requests go through the “boss lady”.
The chances are that he was, essentially, having his room and board covered at family expense with no impact whatsoever on his "issue"--and I guarantee, he has an issue of some kind, and it can't be a small one. At what point in a person's life do you believe one has to be responsible for one's actions and choices? Seriously, I don't see how your argument is any different than the "gimme" attitude of the flea baggers. Something for nothing.
Is that one of the bridges over the Boardman River?
If I had to guess what Tony's problem is, I'd say gambling, not drugs. I could well imagine his skimming profits and racking up huge losses and debts, even to the point of jeopardizing the winery. You can't swing a cat up there without hitting a casino wall. A junkie is a junkie, though--you have to want to quit.
No doubt that she's a first-class tramp and sanctimonious to boot, but when did she ever ask that her family--or anyone else--be responsible for her choices? Her fans might be nuts--they're obviously lacking taste--but they support her of their own free will. I've never known her to ask any quarter, you have to allow that.
Money is fungible; every cent (or good-equivilent) given “for food” is one more that can be spent on one’s vice.
That is why there is no such thing as "humanitarian aide".
“Like all stories, this one probably has two sides.”
Yes, I’m sure that’s true and cripplecreek makes an excellent point surmising you must be pretty messed up to get fired by your own father.
However, his sister really is mega-rich and I’d think she could set him up in some small way so at least he wasn’t living on the street and eating in a soup kitchen.
Anyway, I’d like to think I’d do that for my brother, no matter how messed up he was.
“Isnt that the brother that used to be her producer...or something like that?”
No, I’m pretty sure that brother was Christopher, and I think he was younger.
Could I get a link to that?
>No family of mine will ever sleep under a bridge if I can help them....Unless they become a danger to themselves or me<
Me neither. It’s FAMILY. I even have a full-blown LIB brother whom I cannot stand, cannot talk to, cannot relate to....but I will never allow him to be homeless.
The Immaterial Boy.