Sting's wife Trudie Styler has conceded to allegations the couple is "hypocritical" in their stance on global warming, but insists her husband's tour with The Police is to blame for their huge carbon footprint.
Sting - real name Gordon Sumner - and Styler have long been criticised for claiming they are eco-friendly, despite using private jets to fly between their numerous homes in England and Italy.
But Styler was forced to face the facts during an interview in London earlier this week (begs21Apr08), when she was confronted with the news that the couple's carbon footprint is an estimated 30 times greater than that of the average Briton.
However, she insists it is a big "challenge" for any famous couple to be eco-friendly when one spouse is such a famous musician.
She said: "When it comes to the carbon footprint, Sting puts his hand up immediately and says, 'I'm a musician and I have a huge carbon footprint'.
"(But) are we being hypocritical? He has a 750-person crew to bring around the world and it is a difficult challenge. I would like to think that we both work pretty hard for the rights of indigenous people and for the rights of conservation of the Amazon rainforest, but we do need to get around. It's a difficult one."
The Police reformed in 2007 for a world tour to mark the band's 30th anniversary. The roadshow saw the rock trio play gigs in countries like Brazil, Chile, Australia, Japan, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.