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Ciccone Tell-All Cover Revealed as Madonna Denies Divorce, Affair

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The cover for Christopher Ciccone's tell-all Life with My Sister Madonnna has been revealed.

CicconesInitial reports from Brit tabloid The Sun on the contents of the book aren't all that shocking:

"The Like A Virgin singer was dancing on a table at 4am when she dragged Gwyneth up to join her. Younger brother Christopher Ciconne will tell how he watched as the pair started dancing together. Then — as party-goers watched in amazement — Madonna grabbed Gwynnie, pulled her to her and kissed the stunned Hollywood star full on the mouth...Ciccone’s tell-all book — called Life With My Sister Madonna — will tell of lesbian flings and other sordid secrets of Madonna’s past when it is out later this month. Sources say that Ciccone — an interior designer — will reveal how she took drugs with leading showbiz executives. Ciccone, 47, will also tell all about her rocky marriage to Hollywood actor SEAN PENN. And the explosive book will spill the beans about her rows with film director hubby Ritchie."

None of this is anything we haven't heard before. The book is slated for release next week.

Madonna released a statement over the weekend denying her rumored divorce with Ritchie and affair with Yankee Alex Rodriguez:

"My husband and I are not planning on getting a divorce. I know Alex Rodriguez through Guy Oseary, who manages both of us. I brought my kids to a Yankee game. I am not romantically involved in any way with Alex Rodriguez. I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage or what spiritual path he may choose to study. I have learned over the years not to take accusations and the many false reports about me very seriously. I also appreciate how fiction and fact seem to be perceived as one and the same by people who read both newspapers and the internet."

TMZ reports that the divorce is simply a cog in the publicity machine for the Sweet and Sticky Tour: "There is a whole PR strategy that has been in place for some time...The marriage, we're told, has been effectively over for some time. The couple are friends, and have realized that it is in both of their interests to make a pile of cash from this tour. No working things out here -- our spies say rumors of reconciliation are 'garbage.' One person told us, 'She is simply playing the media -- and the public -- as usual.'"

Meanwhile, Rodriguez' wife Cynthia has filed for divorce.

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  1. Actually, I'm very surprised to hear that she used drugs at all. I've heard her say in interviews that she has never, ever used drugs. And I believed her!

    Posted by: peterparker | Jul 7, 2008 12:07:47 PM


  2. So having a lesbian fling is sordid is it...

    Why is The Sun allowed to get away with this nakedly homophobic crap...

    Posted by: Sasha | Jul 7, 2008 12:14:13 PM


  3. "I also appreciate how fiction and fact seem to be perceived as one and the same by people who read both newspapers and the internet."

    CASE IN POINT

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 7, 2008 12:16:24 PM


  4. altho we all knew the content wouldn't be that complimentary or shocking, i'd say we had know idea the cover photo would be so visciously craggy and bitched-out.

    Posted by: A.J. | Jul 7, 2008 12:17:54 PM


  5. Anyone who sells out a family member like that is scum in my eyes.

    Posted by: Chas | Jul 7, 2008 12:25:21 PM


  6. The initial leaks from CC's book are lame, but perhaps he has juicier morsels saved for bigger (and paying) outlets. CC is a loser to write a book about his sister...what do you say to your dad? "Hey, yeah, I wrote a book about Sis's fame..." Anyway, I see it bombing since fans will be largely uninterested in what is pitched as a body-slam book, and anti-fans don't care. The cover is atrocious! And a bad idea. I really expected Christopher (who is on the back cover, looking over at this posed shot from a photo call in Berlin) to put an intimate photo on the cover from his days with Madonna that would draw fans in. Stupid move all the way around. Not that Madonna is incapable of having an affair, but as I've blogged extensively, I think the A-Rod affair is being drummed up by the wife to help her divorce deal and by the media to sell mags. Smart cookie that Cynthia. I do find it funny that Madonna slammed "newspapers" and the "internet" but was forced to leave out magazines since the statement went to People Magazine! :0)

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jul 7, 2008 12:45:16 PM


  7. I thought the UK's Daily Mail was supposed to have an excerpt up over the weekend. Or is it next week?

    He is trash, but he was a first-hand observer of Madonna when she was at her absolute peak (Like A Prayer, In Bed with Madonna movie etc.). He will have juicy details -- count on it.

    Posted by: Tim | Jul 7, 2008 1:02:47 PM


  8. If the book has unique juicy stuff, it will be a major beach read and a total success. For every Madonna zealot, there are ten people who can't stand her. Plus, the die-hard fans will be the first to get it if it gives a voyeuristic look at her life.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jul 7, 2008 1:05:15 PM


  9. Wow. If the title is any indication, the book ought to be a paragon of eloquence and verbal dexterity.

    Posted by: Jake | Jul 7, 2008 1:25:39 PM


  10. That cover photo is about two steps away from making her look like Baby Jane. They could have made the cover remotely appealing if they wanted it to sell.

    The title of this book says it all---it's pathetic, leech-ish behavior, and he should be ashamed of himself. And I'm not even much of a Madonna fan.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 7, 2008 1:26:18 PM


  11. Also, could someone explain how her divorcing Guy would eat into profits from the tour? I can't see how it would affect it one way or the other. As though she needs to worry about ticket sales.

    Not to mention, if she divorced him now, she could keep all the money she makes from the tour instead of handing him a share.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 7, 2008 1:28:44 PM


  12. If anyone is not aware of Madonna's self-professed drug use in the 80's, just check out her acceptance speech as she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. She speaks of a joint-smoking Liz Rosenberg and of taking ecstacy with a record exec. You can find her speech on YouTube.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Jul 7, 2008 1:34:38 PM


  13. madge outed chris in an interview back in 1991 without first talking with him first. i'm sure that there's still a little rancor over that incident as well.

    Posted by: alguien | Jul 7, 2008 2:26:37 PM


  14. There can be absolutely nothing of value in this book. Madonna has always been the queen of controversy. She made sure she pushed all the buttons herself. There is nothing left to push. Even the Pope denouncing her "act" with the cross during her Confessions tour didn't scream shock-value as it once would have.

    The book, the cover and the author all suck. Sorry, Christopher Ciccone but your sister already beat you to it. This one is bound to be a dud!

    And if, there is anything left that Madonna can shock the world with. There's no doubt she'll create it and do it herself.

    Hmmm... But what if this is it? Maybe they're in this together. The hacked cover screams she didn't approve. Yeah, that's it. It's all an act. Of course we would think Madonna had nothing to do with a crappy production like this. What if there is something in this book that was never told before. Something so shocking, causing the world to gasp in disbelief!

    Nah, reality check, it's a dud! (I was fantasizing for a moment). If this were true the book would have hit the shelves before her Hard Candy album and especially before the tour began.

    Unfortunately, this is simply just another case of a poor jealous sap trying to make a buck off of a sibling's fame.

    Posted by: Lika Starr | Jul 7, 2008 4:39:51 PM


  15. I love Madonna, but who cares?

    We are ALL human !

    Boring!

    Posted by: Marc | Jul 7, 2008 10:48:18 PM


  16. Her concert tour starts soon - timing of the A-Rod and book release are quite a coincidence. The book will reveal nothing we didn't know or suspect about her. She's still awesome (though taking herself waaaay too seriously these days).

    Posted by: Shane | Jul 8, 2008 7:38:24 AM


  17. Mother of 3 Madonna isn't like that!

    Don't believe anything the bro says.

    I bet he even invents a lie and tells us that Madonna had a book called SEX that was pornographic!

    Posted by: FunMe | Jul 8, 2008 6:10:25 PM


  18. I'm gonna buy it, and although I love Madonna, who doesn't want to hear some dirt about her?

    And who other than Christopher is in the perfect position to spill secrets no one on this earth knows? He's known her longer than anyone, and has for sure 'been there, done that' with her. Why would he lie, when the truth will be spicy enough?

    She definitely miscalculated by cutting him out of her life, since I think this book will hurt her (or help her by the publicity, whichever way you look at it).

    Can't wait to read it.

    Posted by: Chad | Jul 9, 2008 1:29:13 AM


  19. A brilliant move on this dude's part. I'm sure the whole family has an interesting story to tell and they're the only ones who will get the last laugh because they're the only people in her world that are not held to any confidentiality contracts. However "sleazy" a move this may be on his part, he reveals her as the real sleazebag since she dicked him over money and she's close to being a billionaire. This is one unhappy, dissatisfied person and another example of how money and fame won't buy peace and happiness.
    He needs to lay off the Botox though.

    Posted by: boz | Jul 13, 2008 9:09:50 PM


  20. CC at one point due to his sisters influence was a rather promising interior decorator. He actually had/has talent in that field. I can only figure the stories I've heard about his behavior (did you see him on one of those top chef shows where he was a truly miserable judge?) have diminished his working situation. M did all she could for him. For him to do this is pathetic.

    And that picture! Even in her casual shots I am always amazed at good she looks and that's without taking into account her age. That pis IS very BabyJane.

    You go on Madonna! Youre kids look happy , you're hubby is hella hot, you're making bank everyday and if you're banging A-Rod, can I watch?

    Posted by: thevegasstyleguy | Jul 14, 2008 6:32:28 AM


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