Sting's wife of eighteen years, Trudie Styler, has a new weight loss yoga DVD out, and was recently showing The Guardian's Bryony Gordon some moves she's learned in the twenty-one years since she took up the practice. Talk inevitably turned to tantric sex, and since we all think about Sting and Trudie's love life on a daily basis, it's interesting to note what Styler had to say on the matter.
The urban legend, of course, is that Sting and his wife would indulge in marathon lovemaking sessions, thanks to good ol' tantric sex. Like in a game of Telephone, the amount of time they spent engaged in intercourse varied depending on who you talked to. Six hours? Eight hours? Twenty-four hours?! (That's getting into some serious chafing territory.) But then, if all music-related urban legends were true, Paul McCartney would have been dead years ago, and the White Stripes would have effectively been committing incest.
The power couple, and even their daughter, have downplayed the rumors before, but not overzealously so. (Understandably.) This time, Styler was a little more specific. She said, "Sting said that twenty-one years ago. He has just turned sixty, and I imagine [the tantric story] will carry on going until he drops." She elaborated:
"Do you know who I blame for that? Bob Geldof. Him and Sting had gone to do an interview with a rock journalist, and the interview turned into a drinking session. At one point, the journalist asked how long they could go for, and Geldof said that he was a three-minute man, but, as Sting did yoga, he could probably go for hours. And Sting said, 'Well, haven't you heard of tantric sex?' Geldof replies 'No, I fucking haven't!' So Sting explained that it is all about being intimate, about caring for your partner, really engaging in intimacy before you, you know…Well, you know, have sex. And that's the premise of tantra, really. It's simply engagement with your partner."
So there you have it. Sting doesn't possess sexual superpowers after all. He may know a little more about blindfolded fruit-feeding than the average person, but, really, other than the fame, wealth, good looks, and musical genius, he's just like us.