Madonna's homeless brother Anthony Ciccone is adamant he didn't go public with his story to get a "free handout", insisting he doesn't need any help.
The pop superstar's elder brother hit headlines over the weekend (22-23Oct11) after revealing he has been living on the streets of Traverse City, Michigan since losing his job at the family's vineyard.
He was subsequently approached by a reporter from the New York Post, who offered to buy him a meal, but Ciccone is adamant he doesn't want any help because of his showbiz connections.
He tells the publication, "I'm not looking to get a free hand because of my sister. I'm not looking for publicity. If you are here to get me to tell stories about my sister, that's not who I am... I don't need a meal. The churches here take care of me."