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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: “Madonna Was Sad For A Long Time” Her Brother Says

Mar. 20 2009, Published 6:40 a.m. ET

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It’s been nearly a year since his tell-all book Life With My Sister Madonna came out, but Christopher Ciccone has yet to hear from his superstar sibling. In an exclusive interview with, he talks about what he thinks of her relationship with young model Jesus Luz, the reasons he penned the book, his thoughts on her divorce with Guy Ritchie, and why she shouldn’t adopt again.

“To say she was unhappy about the book would be an understatement,” he says. “Madonna gave our father a tough time because he cooperated with me on the book and she was livid that he gave up some family photographs. Look, there were a lot of things I had to say and 99 percent of my family and friends have been very supportive of that.”

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Though Madonna refused to acknowledge the book at the time, Ciccone recently had dinner with their mutual friend Debi Mazar who said the feedback from the singer was “not that awful.” “It’s true that I do miss not seeing her kids but I don’t think they have been taught to have a good view of their uncle,” he confesses. “I think I will probably bump into Madonna at some family event and it will be interesting to see how she reacts to me.”

Since his book was published, Madonna has gone through a lot of big changes in her life from her divorce, new tour, and current fling. Despite his misgiving about her ex-husband (“he is a miserable person”), Ciccone was concerned about the repercussions the divorce would have on their kids Lourdes, Rocco, and David: “When I heard Madonna was getting divorced from Guy I was actually sad because I didn’t want their kids to go through that.”

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However, he isn’t surprised that his sister has quickly taken up with a much younger sex pot. “Madonna was obviously sad for a long time,” he says. “Having this relationship with Jesus Luz is her way of having a good time.

“I’m not judging her because he is a young hot guy although maybe it is not the best example to set for your children.”

As for the rumors Madonna is interested in adopting again, Ciccone believes she should just leave things the way they are. “I hope my sister is happy right now,” he stresses. “I’ve heard the rumors of her adopting another child but I think she should just accept the world the way it is – three is enough!”

The man who used to be called “The Pope” because of the influence he had on his sister has also changed over the years. Ciccone is attempting to put the past behind him as well and explore his own artistic ventures. This summer, he will direct his first feature film Twist and is currently completing a gay photograph book.

Ciccone says, “I’m not the same person I used to be and I know that our relationship will never be the same again but that’s fine too.”



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