updated 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
childhood moving from town to town throughout the West.
Even at the height of his fame, he was unable to enjoy it. In 1981, the year before he dropped out of sight, he performed 300 concerts worldwide. "I never saw any of the places," he recalls. "I would do a sound check, do the concert, go back to the hotel. Then I'd get up early in the morning and leave for the next town. It wasn't much of a life."
McKuen spent his low-profile years writing and doing film and commercial voice-overs. He never married the mother of his two grown children, who now live in France. He regrets not having spent more time with them, but "I wasn't willing to give up my work and stay home," he says. Currently unattached, he's optimistic that "I'm going to fall in love." In the meantime, he lives in his old-world Beverly Hills mansion with his brother and manager, Edward.
McKuen says he is once again lining up book and song projects and that Prozac is aiding his recovery. "I don't consider myself cured," he admits. "But I'm going in the right direction."