When people think of Gordon Sumner—better known by his rock icon name "Sting"—and his producer/environmentalist wife Trudie Styler, one word usually comes to mind: tantra. The singer famously and repeatedly boasted of seven-hour sex marathons inspired by the yogic philosophy. But as he told the BBC in 2004, much of the tantric sex talk was an inside joke that he accidentally took public. He quipped, "Yeah, seven hours of sex every night. In fact it's more like four hours of begging, then a movie and then dinner."
He later met himself in the middle, saying that tantric sex is about more than intercourse and the other physical aspects of sexuality—that dinner and a movie are actually part of the sexual connection experience.
The couple has been together since 1982, but they had something of a rocky start; when they met and fell in love, just as Sting was becoming famous with his band The Police, he was married to the actress Frances Tomelty. The marriage was hurting, though—the grounds for their subsequent divorce were that the couple had not lived together for almost two years. Though Sting's relationship with Styler was initially blamed for the breakup of The Police, both band and couple—Sting and Styler married in 1992—lived to tell the tale.
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