It doesn’t pay to be one of Sting’s kids. The Police frontman has a very take no prisoners attitude when it comes to sharing his money.
Sting fathered two children during his first marriage to Irish actress Frances Tomelty. He later wed current wife Trudie Styler; they are the parents of four. The pop-rock legend told Britain’s Mail on Sunday that his six children won’t be getting their grubby little mitts (well, maybe he didn’t say it in those exact words) on any of his money once he leaves Earth to join the dearly departed.
Sting grew up poor near England’s Wallsend Shipyards. The musician went on to amass a $300 million fortune, thanks to ’80s classics like “I’ll Be Watching You” and “Fields of Gold.” He wants his children to know the pride of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.
Sting told The Mail:
“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 the work ethic that makes them want to succeed on their own merit.”
Anyway, Sting doesn’t let his millions collect dust long enough for there to be “much left” once he’s gone.
“I told them (my kids) 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.”
Do you think Sting should leave some money for his children?