Sting: ‘I won’t pass my £180m fortune on to my children’

Former Police singer also discusses his use of marijuana in the creative process

Sting says he will not be passing on his £180million fortune to his children.

The solo artist and former member of The Police told Mail On Sunday that he expects his children to work.

Sting said: “I told [my children] 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.”

The performer, who reportedly has 100 people on his payroll, is currently selling his London home for £15 million. Sting’s daughter, Coco Sumner (pictured above), is a recording artist in her own right, releasing her debut – and to date only – album as I Blame Coco, ‘The Constant’, in 2010.

In the same interview, Sting also said that drugs help him with his creative process. He said: “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 Davies made the most extraordinary music on heroin.”