Jesse James has become a ''better dad and better person'' because of his personal difficulties.

The 'Jesse James: Outlaw Garage' star - who split from wife Sandra Bullock two years ago amid allegations he had cheated on her multiple times and saw his relationship with fiancee Kat Von D end in September - is now in an ''awesome place'' with his life.

Jesse - who has children Chandler, 16, Jesse Jr., 17, and eight-year-old Sunny from previous relationships - said: ''I think I'm in a pretty awesome place in life.

''In light of everything that's happened, I think I came out of it a better dad and a better person while living and working in a place that's like heaven to me.

''There's a little bit of personal life [in the show] with the kids and kind of explaining where I am now. I hate the words reality TV because I think this is a refreshing change because none of it is scripted - there's no made-up drama.''

Jesse - whose new show follows him and his team at the Austin Speed Shop rebuilding a 1932 Ford Roadster - also insisted he doesn't worry about criticism.

He told E! News: ''I'm not afraid of s**t. Everyone can say whatever they want about me and call me whatever, but guess what? I'm still standing.''