Washington: Sting has admitted that he has not been an ideal father to his kids and says it’s because of his job and how he was raised. The 60-year-old rocker, who has four children with wife Trudie Styler and two kids from his marriage to Frances Tomelty, didn’t learn very much from his own parents about raising a family and admits being on the road a lot make the job even harder.
“I’ve never been an ideal father because of my job and because of the way I was parented - it didn’t give me any clues about how to do it,” a website has quoted him as saying.
However, he believes that his children have still turned out well.
“But my kids seem to have survived that and they are all great, balanced and hard-working,” he said.
The ‘Message in a Bottle’ hitmaker was married to first wife Tomelty for eight years until 1984 and he regards the breakdown of their union as his only “failure” in life.
“It’s the only thing I’ve ever failed at,” he said.
Sting’s children are all creative - two of them are in a band, three involved in filmmaking and acting, and one, Giacomo, who is still at school. However the singer says Giacomo, 16, doesn’t want to follow in the family’s creative footsteps.
“He claims he doesn’t want to be creative because it’s not a real job. He says that he wants to be a policeman. I think he will happily go the other way; this is his rebellion against a family of actors and musicians, which I can understand,” he added.