Kat Von D has announced she and reality star Jesse James have called off their engagement and broken up. The 'Miami Ink' star chose to share the news with her 540,000 Twitter followers, but appealed for fans to respect her and Jesse's privacy.
Tweeting late on Monday (25th July 2011), Kat told fans, "I am no longer w Jesse, and out of respect for him, his family and myself, thats all the info I'd like to share. Thanks for respecting that". Jesse, the CEO of 'West Coast Choppers, spoke in more detail about the split to People Magazine, explaining, "I'm so sad because I really love her.The distance between us was just too much". Von D spends much of her time shooting her reality show in Los Angeles, while James lives near Austin, Texas, with his kids Chandler, Jesse Jr and Sunny. The couple, who became engaged in January, had been planning a summer wedding to tie in with the one-year anniversary of the date they began dating. Their relationship began shortly after James had divorced from the Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock following a highly-publicised cheating scandal.
Kat Von D was previously married to tattoo artist Oliver Peck, but the pair split in 2007. She later dated the Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx between 2008 and 2010.