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Madonna's brother says he sleeps on street

Anthony Ciccone says he has no financial help from his sister after losing his job and he now sleeps rough.

Madonna's brother says he sleeps on street

While Madonna remains on top of the pop-world, it seems her older brother has hit rock bottom.

It has been reported that Anthony Ciccone, who is two years older than the diva, has been begging on the streets of Michigan for more than a year, after losing his job at the family winery.

According to the Michigan Messenger, Ciccone claims he has been shunned by his "multi-bazzillionaire" sister and was forced to live under a bridge, relying on charity for meals.

"My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time," he said.

"You think I haven't answered this kind of question a bazillion times - when my sister is a multi-bazzillionaire and I'm homeless on the street ... Never say never, this could happen to anyone."

The second of eight children, Ciccone's woes began after losing his job at Ciccone Vineyard, run by his father and where he worked as a salesman.

This is not the first time one of Madonna's siblings has made headlines.

In 2008, her younger brother Christopher published his memoir Life With My Sister Madonna where he portrayed the singer as arrogant and manipulative.

Meanwhile, Madonna was expected to come to the UAE when a Live Nation document listing Madonna's 2012 tour dates was leaked on a website and included Yas Arena on June 6 as part of the tour stops.

However, Madonna's publicist Liz Rosenberg has denied the rumours.