NEW YORK – Miserly Madonna has warbled a bitter tune to her destitute dad: Papa, don't leach.
Madonna's stepmom bitterly lambastes the songstress in a British news report for not helping her 70-year-old father, Tony Ciccone, who struggled to keep his business afloat and was on the verge of losing his home.
"She knew the position we were in because she had come to stay, and even brought her children," Madonna's stepmom, Joan Ciccone, said. "But we didn't have any help from Madonna, even though it would have been useful."
Tony, a former auto engineer, was too proud to ask the Material Girl for money - and she didn't offer.
Her father had purchased a small vineyard outside Detroit, but the business failed to flourish and debts mounted. Tony Ciccone was even driven to accepting government handouts, the newspaper Sunday People said.
"It has been difficult to make the vineyard work - and it's only breaking even now," Joan said.
Madonna has had a troubled, often distant relationship with her strict-Catholic father. She has said she was bitterly unhappy when he married Joan, the family housekeeper.
"I hated my father for a long time," the ambitious blonde once said.
A chilly silence existed for nearly 15 years between father and daughter, but the pair reunited over her brother Martin's battle with booze.
Still, Tony is stoical about the pop star's hesitance to help.
"What she does and how she decides to treat people is up to her," Ciccone told the paper.