- Madonna’s estranged brother, Anthony Ciccone, 61, has been homeless for the past seven years and struggles with alcoholism
- Her brother Christopher Ciccone, 57, confirmed his older brother is back at home and recovering
- Anthony underwent a revolutionary rehab program where patients are allowed to drink as much as they want while in treatment
- The eldest of Madonna’s siblings, Anthony, previously said she never loved him and that the feeling was mutual for him
The estranged homeless older brother of millionaire pop star Madonna has been taken back in by her family after living on the streets of Michigan for seven years.
Anthony Ciccone, 61, who has previously accused his mega famous sister of not caring about him, struggled with alcoholism through the years. However, the Mirror reports, he has recently made strides at a rehab facility, and his brother Christopher Ciccone, 57, says he is now ‘back home’ and ‘recovering.’
Before his recent stint in rehab, Anthony was living under a bridge in Michigan- where Madonna, 59, is from. He spent time in the revolutionary rehabilitation facility, Dann’s House, which allows their homeless addict residents to drink as much alcohol as they want.
Dann’s House founder, Karen McCarthy, confirmed Anthony’s stay, telling the Sunday People: ‘Anthony loved it at Dann’s House for quite a while, and made significant improvements in his life while he was with us.
Madonna had previously, reportedly, footed the bill for a two month stay in a Texas clinic, and according to family friends, made repeated efforts to reach out to her wayward older brother recently.
In a 2011 interview, Anthony accused his family of not caring whether he was dead or alive. ‘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.’ he said.
‘My father would be very happy if I died of hypothermia, then he wouldn’t have to worry about it any more. He’s old school, he grew up in the depression.’
He also took a shot directly at Madonna as well, adding ‘I never loved her in the first place, she never loved me. We never loved each other.’
Anthony lost his job at the family vineyard owned by his father, Tony, and his stepmother, Joan, after being found sprawled on his back drinking wine straight from the vats.
The oldest of Madonna’s six siblings, has had several run-ins with the law.
Things would get worse for Anthony, before they started to look up recently.
In 2013 he was arrested and required nine stitches to his forehead after he resisted officers in a struggle in a public bathroom in northern Michigan.
Anthony refused to leave the bathroom at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.
Police say a female officer attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for trespass, but he showed resistance. His face hit the bathroom floor in the scuffle.
Police said at the time of his arrest, his blood-alcohol level was 0.40, which is five times the legal limit in Michigan.