Musician Sting says he didn't write songs for eight years because he was tired of displaying his private life in the lyrics of his tunes.
Sting, who stopped penning songs after the release of Sacred Love in 2003, is back with the music for Broadway stage show The Last Ship, reports contactmusic.com.
During his appearance on the US show Inside the Actors Studio, he said: "I'd built my life upon this skill of matching rhyming couplets with melodies and, in the process, you have to dredge up stuff from your unconscious, all your history and put it on a page and then record it for the scrutiny of the world."
"I decided that I put so much of my private life on display that I was perhaps tired of it. I think for eight years I didn't write a song.
"I toured... I recorded other people's music... I did an album of winter music… But I didn't have anything to show that was original," he added.