How Chris Isaak Keeps Romance at Bay

02/14/2002 at 01:00 PM EST

This being a Valentine kind of week and his new album, "Always Got Tonight," just out, Time Out New York magazine approached musician and Showtime comedy star Chris Isaak for his thoughts on love. After all, claims the publication, the 45-year-old singer (who doesn't look his age, thanks to "steroids," he joked) delivers songs that qualify him to be the poster boy of heartbreak. "I'm also the poster boy for psoriasis," he joked. Yet on the home front, he says quite seriously, "I've never lived with anybody. Not so much because I don't like the idea -- it's just that I'm messy. 'Honey, I think we can live together, but I've got to clean up this kitchen first.' " Though they apparently didn't stay together long enough to discuss cohabitation, Isaak does confirm that he and comic Margaret Cho dated. "She's a very pretty woman," he says, but "life tore us apart." As for the desire to settle down and start a family, he admits, "I've had that desire. I've also had the desire to buy a large catamaran. The desire passed when I looked at the realities. My parents have been married for 50 years . . . if you're going to do it, you've got to do it like that." Finally, asked point blank what was the most romantic a thing a woman has ever done for him, Isaak responded: "Dropped the charges."

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