Kat Von D debuts Jesse James tribute tattoo after break up - See photo
Kat Von D left the set of "Good Day LA," after the morning show aired a promo for her reality show, "LA Ink," on which she revealed a fresh tribute tattoo for her now ex-fiancé Jesse James.
In the promotional video for the TLC series, Von D showed the new tattoo under her left arm, showing James in a fifth-grade portrait and after seeing his reaction said, "I thought you were going to tell me you were breaking up with me. Just kidding!" The couple called off their engagement on Monday, citing long distance as an issue.
"Dear GoodDayLA, thanks for the waste of a perfectly good morning," Von D tweeted on Wednesday, shortly after walking off the show. "Lack of compassion n respect for each other never fails to disappoint me."
Von D clarified later on Twitter that she "politely left" after the morning talk show attached a "disrespectful intro" to the "LA Ink" promo. The reality star responded directly to "Good Day LA" co-host Jillian Barberie on the social networking site, after Barberie wrote, "Damn Kat Von D just walked out of studio before our interview cuz we showed clip with her and Jesse from her show LA Ink."
Von D, a 29-year-old tattoo artist and "LA Ink" reality star, confirmed the split on her Twitter account Monday night, saying, "I am no longer w Jesse, and out of respect for him, his family and myself, that's all the info I'd like to share. Thanks for respecting that."
James told People magazine that the long distance was an issue for the couple.
"I'm so sad because I really love her. The distance between us was just too much," the magazine quoted James, 42, as saying in an article posted on Tuesday, July 26, which also marks the 47th birthday of his ex-wife, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock.
Von D runs her tattoo parlor in Los Angeles, while James lives outside of Austin, Texas. The couple had regularly commuted between California and Texas.
The news came days before "LA Ink" returns to the TLC cable network with new episodes on July 28. The show is based on her life. In the last year, Von D became engaged to James, got a tattoo of him inked on her skin, survived a house fire and obtained a new kitten.
James, a motorcycle customizer and former host of the Discovery Channel series "Monster Garage," became engaged to Von D in January, less than a year after his split from Bullock.
James and Von D denied breakup rumors last month and said they planned to get married in the summer on the one-year anniversary of their first date.
James has been married three times and has three children from previous relationships. On Monday, James was awarded sole custody of his daughter Sunny, 7, after a long custody battle with her mother, former adult film star Janine Lindemulder.
James and Bullock married in 2005. The two split in March 2010 amid reports James had been unfaithful, especially with a tattoo model named Michelle "Bombshell" McGee," which he later confirmed. James and Bullock finalized their divorce that June. James said that Von D contacted him last year after he was "persecuted by the media."
Check out the promo video for the season premiere of Kat Von D's reality show "LA Ink" below.