Madonna’s Brother Is Currently Sleeping Under a Bridge In Michigan…

Could there be a starker commentary on America right now? Try this for income inequality: it turns out that Madonna’s older brother Anthony Ciccone is now sleeping under a bridge in Traverse City, Michigan, after a fallout with the family.

And this is a ‘gruesome,’ sub-zero existence: in unforgiving temperatures, Ciccone has already suffered frostbite on his feet.  “My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time,” Anthony Ciccone told the Michigan Messenger. “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?”




There are plenty of unanswered questions here, including why Anthony was asked to leave the Ciccone winery business in the first place.  And, why the family then decided to completely disown and abandon Anthony. Ciccone Vineyard & Winery is in nearby Suttons Bay, Michigan, where a Madonna-branded wine is among the bottles sold.

But regardless of why Anthony was disowned, the penalty for screwing up is now harsh.  The elder Ciccone, 55, has been surviving the streets for roughly 18 months and counting.  “If you spend enough time on frozen concrete without proper insulation you will get frostbite,” he described. “You have no idea how gruesome it is.  You get nerve damage.  That’s the milder stage, in the severe stage you have tissue damage, that is when you lose parts of your body.”

Ciccone chose Traverse City because of an extensive network of philanthropic churches, and more reliable meals and support.


“Never say never,” he said. “This could happen to anybody.”

10 Responses

  1. MalcolmG

    What about royalties from his MC Ciccone album? His book? Or is this the set up for a new “reality” tv show?

    • Mike

      It happens all the time where a family member is just a freeloading loser. Siblings have no obligation to support someone who doesn’t want to work.
      He should get a job like everyone else.

      • realist

        oh yeah cause jobs are EVERYWHERE! There used to be a time when you could “go get work,” now you have to spend 6 months to a year looking even with contacts and a 3.8 gpa.. Being Madonna’s brother probably doesnt get him very far except with tabloids. No matter what he did, im sure Madonna isnt hurting from any expense it mightve caused.

        • how real?
          how real?

          While cushy desk jobs are short right now there are tons of minimum wage jobs available as always….but I guess some people are above that.

  2. Visitor

    Its surprising that he doesn’t move further south to avoid frostbite. Seems like a lot of homeless folk have figured that one out.


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