This is just so beyond tragic.
And all the more proof that nobody has it easy - even freshly-minted billionaires, like Madonna!
The superstar has had her fair share of familial drama over the years, but nothing so difficult and saddening as that which has come from her older brother, Anthony Ciccone, whom, as we've reported, has lived as a homeless person on the streets of Michigan for now up to three years.
For the first time, the 56-year-old is speaking out about his dire situation, and unfortunately, seems to blame his sister and family for turning their backs on him…even though it's his alcoholism seems to have done the most damage to their relationship!
According to him:
"Madonna doesn't give a sh*t if I'm dead or alive. She lives in her own world. I never loved her in the first place, she never loved me. We never loved each other. My father would be very happy if I died of hypothermia and then he would not have to worry about it anymore. He's old school, he grew up in the depression. He doesn't want to be bothered, he's lived his life you see. He doesn't like me. He doesn't want me to be me, he wants me to be somebody else. He thinks the way I live is intentional. He simply doesn't know me. [I got] no family back up, when the chips fell, no family back-up. I'd rather be working. What would you do under these circumstance when your family has stood against you completely? I’m a human being, you can call me what you want. [Alcoholic] is a label, I don’t like it. I don’t need brain surgery, I merely need love and care of family and friends."
However, as a close family friend named Kathy Meteyer will tell you, it's the label of "alcoholism" about which Anthony seems to be in denial that has ruined his life, as it ultimately led to him to being fired from his job at the family's winery:
"He did work here, they found things for him to do in the cellar, there’s all kind of work on a daily basis, in the summer there’s all kinds of pruning and picking to do. But he would sneak into the cellars and he would lay on the floor, open up one of the big tanks and drink the wine, with a glass. He just can't come back until he stops drinking, because they think it will kill him, it already kind of has. They have helped him so many times. Tony has put him through rehab and given him lots of chances. I think Madonna paid for rehab a few times. The alcohol has taken over his brain. Joan and Tony Ciccone are the most down to earth people I’ve met, they don’t deserve this. At Thanksgiving Tony packed up all the leftovers and drove all over town to find Anthony and give them to him. His sister Paula has picked him up on occasions and brought him to the house for dinner but he refuses to even stay the night. Anthony just won’t accept help. As a parent you can only do so much before you have to let it go."
So sad, and so true.
Obviously, it seems as though Anthony's recollection of past events and anger with his family have been distorted and misdirected from his clear denial about the root of his problems, and we sincerely hope that if anything can come from him speaking out, it's the realization that the only one isolating him from his loved ones is his overwhelming, life-ruining addiction.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to him.
Please, get the help you need before it's too late.
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