David Spade admits settling down is 'very hard' for him: 'I've known someone for a long time'

David Spade has a long-held reputation as a ladies' man, but the "Saturday Night Live" alum reveals in a New York Times profile that he privately put those days behind him years ago.

Spade, who hosts Comedy Central's new late-night show "Lights Out with David Spade," was asked if he "could ever envision himself settling down." While declining to go into detail, Spade indicated that there's someone in his life with whom he'd like to do so.

"It's very hard for me, for various reasons, which we won't get into," Spade, 55, replied. "Too much data, too many gigabytes. But I have been trying to do that. I've known someone for a long time. I've been trying to make something work."

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Harp and i out on the town
Harper doing a @carrieunderwood singing sesh after thx giving dinner. And stage hog spade worming into it
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 30: David Spade and Harper Spade attend Columbia Pictures And Sony Pictures Animation's World Premiere Of "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" at Regency Village Theatre on June 30, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Harper opening her presents and me staying in the shadows letting her have her big day
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, David Spade and Jillian Grace celebrate with their daughter Harper, who turned three last week, on the Mad Tea Party at Disneyland on September 1, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
Harper smoking me at magic mountain in a dance off. Ps im available for floss lessons. 🕺
Happy birthday to Harper. Got the legs from me!
Harper and i buzzing thru Aspen getting ready for my shows at @bellyupaspen Friday and Sat.
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The comic noted that he continues to joke about his Don Juan persona onstage because "it's so ingrained I can't turn it around now": "If I say, 'Yeah, I'm seeing someone and it's going well,' they just go, 'Ugh,'" he said. "I don't think that's what they want to hear."

Spade, who has a major social media presence with more than a million Instagram followers, occasionally shares glimpses of his family life with 10-year-old daughter Harper. Her mother is former Playboy model Jillian Grace.

"Harp and I out on the town," he captioned a May 2019 snap of the dad-daughter duo. 

During the NYT interview, he also reflected on some of the losses he's suffered through the years. He lost his friend and frequent opening act, comedian Brody Stevens, to suicide in February 2019. His sister-in-law, designer Kate Spade, and his stepfather also died by suicide, and he famously struggled to cope with the 1997 death of his best friend, "SNL" comic Chris Farley.

Longtime friend and fellow "SNL" alum Norm Macdonald said of Spade's comedy, "You never see [his grief], and I think that's good."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12: David Spade is seen on July 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0897 -- Pictured: Comedian David Spade during an interview on July 17, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 30: David Spade and Harper Spade attend Columbia Pictures And Sony Pictures Animation's World Premiere Of 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' at Regency Village Theatre on June 30, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Actor David Spade attends 'The Week Of' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on April 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03: David Spade is seen on April 03, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) David Spade attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF18/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: David Spade attends the 7th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HAITI RISING Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization on January 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for for J/P HRO Gala)
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DEL MAR, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: David Spade performs during KAABOO Del Mar at Del Mar Fairgrounds on September 17, 2017 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and David Spade at the after party for a special screening of The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) at Chateau Marmont Theater on October 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Netflix)
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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0714 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian/Actor David Spade during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on July 28, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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