Sting has revealed that he is not hurt by criticism, saying he believes that knowing what people think of him is an "advantage".
The 'Fields of Gold' musician was speaking to The Observer for a profile to mark his 60th birthday next Sunday.
Sting said: "In some ways I consider it an advantage to know how other people view you. You're under no illusions about how you're thought of.
"You have to strike a balance - there's people who can't stand the sight of you, there's people who really love you and obviously the truth is somewhere in the middle... I don't get unduly hurt."
Sting - who is currently working on a musical which is set in his hometown of Newcastle - also said that he believes originality in contemporary music stems from the way it is performed and presented rather than the way it is composed.
"I don't think there's very much original in what I do. In pop music, there's no such thing as composition," he explained.
"We collate from pre-existing tropes and then the originality comes in the interpretation."
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Watch Sting's music video for 'Englishman in New York' below: