Madonna's Brother Is Selling Her Out
The memoir, Life with My Sister, is set for release by publishing giant Simon & Schuster on July 15, with a reported first printing of 350,000 copies.
"Ciccone's extraordinary memoir is based on his life and 47 years of growing up and working with his sister—the most famous woman in the world," the company said in a press release.
But all is not so rosy. The openly gay Ciccone sib, who is now a Miami-based designer and served as guest judge on the third season of Bravo's Top Chef, was a confidant and art director for Madonna's concert tours in the '90s (Blonde Ambition and Girlie Show). Material BFF Rupert Everett once called him "a solid raft for Madonna in the shark-infested waters."
But the two began to unravel after her 2000 marriage to Guy Ritchie, and now word is this book could be "brutal."
"It's extremely graphic and devastating," a source told the paper. "He wrote it on the sly without telling Madonna. They want to put it out before her lawyers can get a hold of it."
Even friends of Madonna are on edge. "We'd heard rumors," one said, "but didn't realize he'd actually written it. He was there through the crazy years and has many stories to tell...He's seen it all. Oh, my."
Madonna is reportedly so up in arms about the tome she has already—believe it or not—consulted lawyers on how to halt its release.
Madonna's longtime spokesvictim, Liz Rosenberg, denies her master has sought legal advice and says that Madge is not commenting on the book.
Does Christopher plan to shock the world with revelations that his sister is a cold, eccentric, moneygrubbing harridan? Come on—the only possible surprise at this point is if she turns out to be a nice person.
Simon & Schuster is also reportedly courting Diane Sawyer for a sit-down with Ciccone, and Vanity Fair is looking into a possible serialization of the book
It's going to be a very hot summer for Madonna, except it'll have little to do with the new album or the tour.
Go ahead, feel sorry for her—keep in mind that she can buy you and sell you.