Still following Madge brother Chris Ciccone’s lengthy press tour? Well, we are, so suffer with us, will you?
If you’re like us, you want to go straight to the end, so here it is, as told by a press release:
[Ciccone] knows the book won’t bring them closer together, and she’ll probably be furious. Christopher, however, is optimistic. “Look, I don’t think the book is going to make us closer at this point,” he says. “But when she reads it and finds out what I was going through and who I am as a personâ€¦ well, I just don’t think anything bad can come of that.”
“When she reads it?” Oh, you dear, dear boy…
Read the press release after the jump, if you dare…
IN PAGE SIX MAGAZINE: An Interview with Chris Ciccone
July 27, 2008
In this week’s Page Six Magazine, Christopher Ciccone unloads about his explosive new memoir, “Life With My Sister Madonna,” a chronicle of a life with his superstar sister. In the one-on-one chat with Contributing Editor Alison Rosen, Ciccone reveals the real reason for his falling out with the Material Girl and why he doesn’t think his sister is involved with A-Rod.
In the interview, Ciccone goes beyond his tales of life with Madge – whether debunking his sister’s claim of a hardscrabble upbringing (the family was solidly middle class) or claiming it was she who gave him his first tab of the drug Ecstasy – and weighs in on the media accounts of his sister trying to stop the book from being published, and trying to stop the media from covering it. “I took pleasure in watching her squirm,” he says. “Like, do you see how it feels to have no control over something and to not know what somebody’s going to do, to only be able to sit there and worry about what they’re going to say about you?”
The beginning of the end of their close relationship came, says Ciccone, when during the filming of her 1991 documentary Truth or Dare, Madonna invited a camera crew to her mother’s grave (their mother passed away when Madonna was 5, Christopher, 3). It struck him as deeply exploitative: “She couldn’t have handled that any more dishonorably. It was painful. All the other stuff is easily forgivable but that one stuck with me and stays with me,” he says. “My mother’s memory is sacred to me. Watching her exploit that, watching her roll around on the grave, that changed my perception of Madonna in a very deep way. I was just completely stunned. She has no boundaries.”
Ultimately, however, Ciccone says he penned the book from a more tranquil place. “I can’t do it from a place of anger because it will have a far worse impact on me than it will on her,” he says. “I have to look myself in the mirror every day. Our father taught us a lot of things and one of them is to be honorable. I think I’ve maintained that.”
In the article, Ciccone throws cold water on the rumors of an alleged Kabbalah-fuled affair between Madonna and baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez – citing their Catholic upbringing.
He knows the book won’t bring them closer together, and she’ll probably be furious. Christopher, however, is optimistic. “Look, I don’t think the book is going to make us closer at this point,” he says. “But when she reads it and finds out what I was going through and who I am as a personâ€¦ well, I just don’t think anything bad can come of that.”
Page Six Magazine is free inside the Sunday edition of the New York Post. The full article will also be available online on Monday.