January 13th, 2011
06:11 PM ET
They've been together almost 30 years, but the spark still hasn't gone out of Sting's relationship with Trudie Styler.
The secret to their still-sizzling love affair? Tawdry sex, he tells February's Harper's Bazaar.
"Relationships aren't easy, and I don't think they're particularly natural, but we're lucky because we actually like each other," says 59-year-old Sting, who wed Styler in 1992. "We love each other — that's a given — but Trudie lights my world up when she comes into a room. I don't take her for granted."
Styler, 57, adds that communication is key in keeping things on track. "It's important to have frank discussions about what the other wants. To be in a relationship that is like a little lifetime, that's a challenge," she admits.
While their careers keep them busy and sometimes separate from each other, the pair make up for lost time when they reunite.
"Being apart juices the relationship," says Sting, noting, "I don't think pedestrian sex is very interesting. There's a playfulness we have; I like the theater of sex. I like to look good. I like her to dress up. I like to dress her up."
The singer adds that they're not a flowers-and-candy kind of couple. "Romantic?" he asks. "We like tawdry."
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