Pop superstar Madonna has officially become a member of the exclusive "Billionaire's Club" of musical royalty, according to the New York Post. She is now estimated to be sitting on an incredible fortune worth just over $1 billion US, thanks to a long and successful career as well as her world-famous and respected business acumen.
While the undisputed Queen of Pop enjoys the fruits of her labor in her lavish New York City apartment or her chateau in the South of France, her older brother-56-year-old Anthony Ciccone, is a homeless alcoholic living on the bitter cold streets of Madonna's home state of Michigan.
Two years ago it was revealed that Anthony had been living under a bridge in Traverse City, Michigan, where the one-time close-knit Italian-American family resided during the superstar singer's youth. Madonna's father Tony, now 83, owns and operates his own winery near-by, where several of Madonna's other siblings now work. (It is said that Madonna is also feuding with her younger brother Christopher after he wrote a tell-all memoir about growing up with the singer Life with My Sister Madonna.)
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail, Anthony says, "Madonna doesn’t give a s**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."
Other members have a different story to tell, claiming that all of Anthony's family have tried desperately and failed to help Anthony, who continues to drink heavily and refuses to seek treatment for his substance abuse problems. He recently spent a month in jail and off the cold streets after being arrested for public intoxication and swearing at children in front of a local church.
He classically blames his family for all of his problems, unable to accept his own responsibility on how his life has turned out, millions of miles away from the successful life and career his sister has maintained for over thirty years.
Rule Number One in addiction: No one can help you unless you want to help yourself...