Sting Says His Children Won't Get His Fortune
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.23.2014
They work for their money...
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Sting revealed that his children won't be getting any of his £180 million ($306,166,500) fortune and will have to work for what they get. Here are highlights:
On his children working for their money: "I told them there won't be much money left because we are spending it! We have a lot of commitments. What comes in we spend, and there isn't much left. I certainly don't want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks. They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate. Obviously, if they were in trouble I would help them, but I've never really had to do that. They have this work ethic that makes them want to succeed on their own merit. People make assumptions, that they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but they have not been given a lot."
On if drugs help the creative process: "I think if they're used specifically as tools for a stated purpose. As in, 'I'll now smoke this joint and I'll write a song... or I will write a piece of poetry.' Then I think it's perfectly acceptable. But if you're just taking stuff to get out of it, then you'll just get out of it. If I'm feeling stuck on a lyric or an idea isn't quite gelling, sometimes a puff of weed will free it up. I rarely smoke it socially. It's a tool, just as a pen is. I'm not alone. Several artists have used drugs to make great art. I certainly wouldn't advocate that you have to take drugs to make art, but then you can't nullify the work of The Beatles. They took LSD and they made fantastic albums. Miles Davis made the most extraordinary music on heroin. Some people can cope with it perfectly well. I'm not here to make rules, or even state that there should be any rules. Drugs are dangerous, without a doubt. At the same time they can be useful tools but they need to be thought about as tools."
On if he feels guilty about his wealth: "Why would I feel guilty? It's not a useful emotion. I use my houses and love having them. I am grateful I have made money. I appreciate it because I spent much time without it. I use my money well. I am not a billionaire. I am very well off and I am certainly not complaining. I was not given it. I earned it through hard work and it was hard work. You try singing for two hours, getting on a plane every day. It's hard, but I love it."