Madonna may have built her career on appealing to the gay masses of pop music fans. But you might not know that she has a gay brother of her own. That’s because the siblings have been estranged over the last 10 years.
In the past, Anthony Ciccone has been open about his homelessness. It’s believed that he was living on the streets of Michigan until recently. Although his sister paid for him to go to rehab in 2005, addiction has caused a rift in their relationship. In 2008, he wrote about their feud in Life with My Sister Madonna.
“I never loved her in the first place, she never loved me,” he told Daily Mail in 2011. “We never loved each other I’m a zero in their eyes – a non-person. I’m an embarrassment. If I froze to death, my family probably wouldn’t know or care about it for six months.”
Luckily, that wasn’t the case this winter. According to the Sunday People, Ciccone was recently welcomed back home with his family, just in time for the holidays. Madonna’s other brother, Christopher confirmed that Anthony was back home and recovering.
Ciccone had recently finished treatment at Dann’s House in Traverse, Michigan. The unconventional rehab center allows attendees to drink alcohol if they want.
“Anthony loved it at Dann’s House for quite a while, and made significant improvements in his life while he was with us,” Karen McCarthy of Dann’s House said. “Dann’s House does good work with people who are vulnerable. We’ve seen tremendous, positive results.”
Luckily, this story of a gay man’s addiction comes with a happy ending. As the new year approaches, let’s hope the best for Ciccone and his relationship with his sister. It helps to have a strong support system, but it’s a plus if she’s a strong icon like Madonna.
Happy Holidays From the Ciccone Youth. Love and Gratitude ♥️♥️♥️ to Everyone we ever Have Loved, and will continue To Love!! ☃️☃️☃️🌲🌲🌲🌎🌍🌏🙏🏻 #family #together #happiness #blessed #life #love ♥️ pic.twitter.com/EKCKWReONA
— Madonna (@Madonna) December 25, 2017