02/19/2002 AT 11:00 AM EST
He's got two years to compile what it is he has to say, but according to reports over the weekend, Sting has just sold his memoirs for $1.5 million to Bantam Dell, a unit of the Bertelsmann publishing empire. The New York Post says that the tome, to be published in 2004, will not be a tell-all per se, though it will chronicle some personal aspects of the ex-Police man's life, including his experiences with drugs. According to the paper, major international publishers came to New York and visited Sting, 50, at his Central Park West apartment during the past month to see his 10-page proposal. Sting, whose real name is Gordon Matthew Sumner, reputedly plans to write about growing up in a working-class English neighborhood and his current role as an activist on behalf of the Rainforest Foundation (which he co-founded), Amnesty International and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. (In his personal life, Sting has six children, two from his first marriage and four with his current wife, Trudie Styler, 45.) The Post notes that the rocker has had some colorful and controversial moments over the years. For instance, he refused to leave the island of Montserrat, where he was recording "Nothing Like the Sun," when his mother Audrey was dying of cancer. He explained that he did not want to create a media circus. A few months later, his father, Eric, died and Sting would not abandon a Brazilian tour to return home for the funeral.