Sting's Daughter Eliot Sumner on Living with Her Model Girlfriend and Her Sexuality
Sumner also revealed to the Evening Standard magazine that she doesn't believe in gender labels
Sting‘s daughter Eliot Sumner is opening up about her sexuality for the first time.
The 25-year-old told the British newspaper the Evening Standard that she’s been dating a woman for two years – but says that she doesn’t identify with a particular gender.
“I don’t believe in any specifications,” she said in the interview, clarifying that she instead defines herself as a “musician.”
Sumner, whose mother is Sting’s wife Trudie Styler, said she’s never formally come out to her friends and family because “no one had ever asked.”
“They knew already,” she explained. “So I didn’t need to. I’ve never come out to anyone. My friends always knew and I always knew.”
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The singer, whose sophomore album Information is due out next month, said she spent a long time “trying to figure out maybe… what I am.”
“But I don’t think anyone should feel pressured to have any kind of label or tag on them,” she told the magazine. “We should treat everybody the same. Me, I don’t like to be put down to a specific thing. We’re all human beings.”
Sumner named Austrian model Lucie Von Alten as her partner, and revealed that they share an apartment in London’s Belgravia district.
Her sexuality, however, is not Sumner’s focus. Instead, she’s working on developing her sound – which, according to some, is similar to her father’s.
“I cant really control what I sound like,” she said in response. “That’s [come with] more practice. And the songs I’ve been writing have more of a lower vibe.”
Sting, of course, fronted ’80s band The Police, responsible for hits like “Every Breath You Take” and “Roxanne,” before striking out on his own.
“I think I’ll always be in the shadow of my parents, Sumner shared. “But that’s OK. Everyone has a challenge. If I’m proud of the music I am making, that’s all I can ask for. If I put it out into the world, it’s not up to me any more.”