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David Lee Roth Opens Up About His Love Life

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Flamboyant Van Halen front man David Lee Roth has a longstanding reputation as a ladies’ man, but in a new interview he reveals that he’s currently in a serious relationship — though he stops short of saying he’s going to settle down behind a white picket fence.

“I live in Tokyo and hang out with a girl half my age and it’s no longer a legal issue,” the 57-year-old entertainer tells Australia’s Brisbane Times with a laugh. “It was not an impulsive move to come here. We are in love and my girlfriend is Japanese.”

That doesn’t mean the singer is going ring shopping any time soon. “As far as getting married now, I still don’t think it’s for me,” he admits. “I have issues, which stem from my past. I am a wanderer; I was sent to my first shrink when I was six because my parents thought I had autism. They were wrong. The Roth side of the family always settled down later in life.”

In the unusually revealing interview, Roth admits his parents provided a poor model for marriage. “I remember my parents always fighting,” he says. “They fought even before they were married. Mom told me I was an accident . . . coming from a supremely dysfunctional family, I can see why I am the way I am.”

His parents finally split when Roth was 17, and shortly after that he joined the Van Halen brothers in a band called Mammoth, which became Van Halen. The success of that group didn’t exactly help him establish permanent relationships. “I slept with every pretty girl with two legs in her pants,” he recalls. “I have had four great loves in my life, but have never been married or even come close. Those women are now all married and we’re still good friends.”

Roth says he is “quite happy” in his current relationship, but he hasn’t exactly turned into a starry-eyed romantic. “In my business, Hope and Faith are strippers from Albuquerque,” he quips cynically. “Who knows what the future holds for me in this department.”

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