08/29/2007 at 01:00 PM EDT
Illusionist Criss Angel says his image as a serial dater is simply, well, an illusion.
"I just live my life," the Las Vegas magician and A&E Mindfreak
star, 39, tells Parade
magazine's Web site about his seemingly magic spell over such women as Paris Hilton
, Lindsay Lohan
, Cameron Diaz
and – most recently – Britney Spears
Expanding upon what he told PEOPLE
on Aug. 17, Angel tells Parade
about the sightings of him with Spears
, "She had contacted me regarding some live performances. I've designed and created many effects for even Steve Wynn's hotel and Le Reve
show. And that's what I do. So they brought me on to discuss the possibility of working on some stuff with her."
He adds, "And, being that I'm insanely busy, the only time that I had was in the evening. And she was busy doing stuff, so we met in the evening."
He also says the two of them were anything but alone together. "What you failed to see is, when we meet, there's a lot of other people around a bunch of the time," he says.
With Angel publicly clashing
with estranged wife
Joanne Sarantakos (Angel's real name is Christopher Sarantakos), the entertainer is asked if he finds the press coverage embarrassing.
"Marriage is a very sacred thing. And I believe that my divorce was a private matter," he replies. "Unfortunately, people think money makes you happy. And it doesn't. Money doesn't buy love."
Of Sarantakos, he says, "The thing is, my wife was misguided by her lawyer, who is a celebrity lawyer, who is just out for attention."
Sarantakos's attorney, Dominic Barbara, has not commented on Angel's remarks.