Wealthy pop icon Sting has revealed his children will not inherit his $325 million fortune - and has told of his fear his riches would be "albatrosses round their necks".
The former frontman of the Police grew up in a working-class family in Wallsend, Tyneside, and has gone on to become one of Britain's wealthiest musicians.
But in an interview with Mail on Sunday magazine Event, he said he had told his six children not to expect to inherit a huge amount because he did not believe in trust funds.
"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. 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."
And he attacked assumptions his children were bankrolled by his fortune. "People make assumptions that they were born with a silver spoon in their mouths but they have not been given a lot," he said.
The singer, who found fame in the late 1970s with the Police and has gone on to have a hugely successful solo career, has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide.
The 62-year-old has two children - Joseph, 37, and Kate, 32 - from his first marriage, and four - Brigitte Michael, 30, Jake, 28, Eliot Pauline, 23, and Giacomo Luke, 18 - from his second to Trudie Styler.