By Brian Ives
Just because you’re Sting‘s kid doesn’t mean you’re set for life.
That’s what the former Police-man said in an interview with England’s The Daily Mail on Sunday, when he made headlines by saying his six children won’t inherit his fortune.
Sting — real name Gordon Sumner — grew up in a working class family in England, as detailed in his book Broken Music: A Memoir, and said that he felt that his money would be “albatrosses” around the necks of his children.
“I told them there won’t be much money left because we are spending it,” he said. “We have a lot of commitments. What comes in we spend, and there isn’t much left,” noting that he has more than 100 people on his payroll.
“I certainly don’t want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks,” he added. “They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate. People make assumptions, that they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but they have not been given a lot.”
Sting wasn’t too keen on giving up money made from Puff Daddy sampling the Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” either. In an interview with Revolver over a decade ago, the trio gave their first joint talk and jabbed each other over many things, including the royalties from the song. “So Sting’s making out like a bankrobber here, while Andy and I have gone unrewarded and unloved for our efforts and contributions,” drummer Stewart Copeland said. Sting’s response? “Life… is… f***ing… tough,” which led to a spiel from Copeland about the singer getting wine poured down his throat and his grapes peeled for him.
Perhaps the most telling part of the interview that seems to relate to Sting’s comments about his children? “Okay, Andy here’s all the money,” Sting said after being asked for the royalties, tossing some change on the table. “Unfortunately, I’ve spent the rest of it.”
Sting, 62, has two children — Joseph, 37, and Kate, 32 — from his first marriage, and four children — Brigitte Michael, 30, Jake, 28, Eliot Pauline, 23, and Giacomo Luke, 18 — from his second marriage to Trudie Styler.