CORRALLING THE BACHELOR

Kenny Chesney is at the top of his game – but what will it take to get him to walk down the aisle?

With 10 million albums sold, last year's highest grossing country tour, Billboard's 2002 Single Of The Year and a dream home in the rolling hills of south Nashville – is there anything Kenny Chesney doesn't have?

Yes – a wife to share it all with.

But shed no tears for country's hottest bachelor, who claims he isn't singing the "Lovesick Blues" by any stretch.

"I'm very happy with my life," grins Kenny as he's surrounded by a bevy of "brides" during a Country Weekly photo shoot. "I'm content being a bachelor. Not that I never think about getting married, I do. I want a family and want more balance in my life. But right now, I'm married to the road, to my band – and to Daniel, my trainer!" He laughs. "And I love it."

What's not to love? In a decade, Kenny's transformed himself from a struggling newcomer to a superstar headliner whose 2002 smash hit "The Good Stuff" spent seven weeks at No. 1.

"It's crazy – I've been on the road for 10 years now," he marvels. "But I swear, I feel like I'm just getting started. With what we did last year and the way the Margaritas and Señoritas Tour is going, I'm not ready to quit experiencing what I'm living right now."

But it's not all work and no play for Kenny.

"I've been going out with a girl for a little bit," he admits with a sly smile. "But we don't really know exactly where it stands. I'm not in a committed relationship – I'm dating. Sure, there are girls I've been out with that I really like.

"But to be able to say that I'm ready to walk down the aisle next month, that I'm ready to wake up with that person every single day for the rest of my life – I'm not ready to say that."

Kenny may be a confirmed bachelor now, but this once-engaged crooner knows what it's like to be in love. "It's when nothing else matters to you, when you care more about how that person feels than you care about how you feel. One thing I've learned in past relationships: What I do can be very self-absorbing.

"I'm constantly marketing myself and my music, trying to make myself the best I can be onstage. And sometimes in a relationship, it has been hard for me to get away from all of that – to make somebody feel like they're first."

Despite having thousands of adoring female fans, Kenny admits he's been on the losing end of love more than once – twice, specifically. How did he work through the heartbreak?

"I listened to a lot of music," he says smiling.

"And I wrote a lot, too. Luckily I was very busy at the time, on the road. That helped me a lot, not to be cooped up at my house. The only time it really was tough was during the during the holidays. That's when I wrote one of my favorite songs, 'I Can't Go There,' from the No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album."

Read more about Kenny Chesney in the current 4/15/03 "Newsstand Issue" on sale now!

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