08/29/2007 AT 1:00 PM ET
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.
“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.