Although the former Police frontman knows he can be annoying he won"t change because he doesn"t care what people think of him.

He told The Daily Telegraph newspaper: "For some people I am a pretentious prat. But they"re not people who actually know me. I don"t feel like defending myself that much so I"d rather say, "That"s fine, believe what you want to believe," I live my life."

Sting - real name Gordon Sumner - is adamant is doesn"t the need the acceptance of others to be happy, despite having a career based on people liking his music.

He said: "I don"t need everyone to love me. I really don"t."

Sting - who is married to actress-and-producer Trudie Styler - has come under fire in the past for his alternative beliefs.

The 58-year-old star has frequently spoken out about his love of Tantric sex, yoga and his advocacy of environmental causes.

He says of his campaigning: "People don"t want to hear it. I"m doing it because I have a stake in it, and because it works."

And he is convinced his strong beliefs have most likely hindered rather than helped him, saying: "Has it helped my career? I sincerely doubt it."