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Kat Von D says she is in love with Jesse James - see video

09/03/2010 by Corinne Heller

Kat Von D and Jesse James appear at launch of her Wonderland gallery in L.A. on Sept. 2, 2010. Kat Von D, a tattoo artist and star of TLC reality show LA Ink, says she is in love with Jesse James, Sandra Bullock's ex-husband, confirming a reported romance she had denied last month, but adds the two have no plans to start a family.

Von D, 28, had in recent weeks been photographed dining and holding hands with James, the 41-year-old CEO of custom motorcycle manufacturer West Coast Choppers. Bullock had divorced him earlier this year amid reports he had cheated on her, which he has confirmed.

Von D's spokesperson had said in mid-August the television personality and James were "just friends" and Von D later said James was her type but did not confirm a relationship. The pair stepped out together before members of the press at the red carpet opening of her Wonderland gallery in Los Angeles.

"When we connected recently, it was just such a positive thing, it was like, 'Wow, I can't believe I haven't spent this much time with you this entire time that I've known you," Von D said. "So now, I'm just embracing it and enjoying it."

She said James inspires her art, saying: "Love is inspiring". However, she and James had no plans to start a family.

"I think we already have one - he already has his kids and I have my tattoo family," Von D told OnTheRedCarpet.com reporter Chris Balish. "I couldn't ask for anything more."

The couple was most recently photographed together in Fredericksburg, Texas. James had moved to the area from Long Beach, California for business purposes and so that his kids can be closer to their stepmother, People magazine had said. Von D said she thought it was "so cool" that he flew from Texas to celebrate her gallery opening in Los Angeles.

"I think that's what a great relationship is all about, just support," she said. "I can't wait to do the same thing with him. Right now I feel like the luckiest girl on the planet. He's got a lot of really great qualities that I'm lucky enough to be around. I think Jesse has a really great ability to listen and communicate."

When asked what he likes most about Von D, James said: "Everything" and said he was happy.

Bullock, 46, announced in April her plans to divorce James amid news he had cheated on her, namely with a tattoo model. Von D was not mentioned in the sex scandal reports. James, who married Bullock in 2005, confirmed his infidelity, saying in a tearful interview on ABC's Nightline in May that he "took a pretty amazing life and marriage and threw it away." Bullock's divorce from James was finalized in June.

Von D, whose real name is Katherine Drachenberg, is a Mexican native born to Argentinian parents. She grew up in Southern California and was married to tattoo artist Oliver Peck from 2003 to 2007. She also dated Nikki Sixx, a founding member of the rock band Motley Crue, from about 2008 to early 2010.

Von D says she does not mind critics of her relationship with James, adding: "People are going to say whatever they're going to say. They've criticized every relationship I've ever been in."

Check out the interview with Kat Von D and Jesse James, carried out by reporter Chris Balish:


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