The Guardian interviews Sting about if he cares what people think of him or not.
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. That’s the passage I’m navigating. I don’t get unduly hurt. I might get a bit crazy.