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Kat Von D
Originally posted 09/24/2011 03:20PM
Another month – and another breakup for Jesse James and Kat Von D.
"I am not in a relationship," the tattoo artist said in a post on her Facebook page on Saturday. "And I apologize for all the 'back and forth' if it's caused any confusion."
The couple, who had been planning a summer wedding, called off their engagement in July. A month later, Von D's reality show L.A. Ink was canceled. Despite the setback, she was on a personal high because the engagement was back on.
So what went wrong this time? "It was clear to me that we were just on two different paths in life," Von D tells PEOPLE. "My friend put it best when he said I could never be more deserving of total, noble love. And as a woman, I think it's important to know your value and never lose sight of that."
Originally posted 08/18/2011 05:55PM
Kat Von D may no longer have her show, but she's back with her man.
Even as TLC announced the cancellation of LA Ink, Von D and Jesse James – who had called off their engagement last month – posted on Twitter separate photos of themselves locked in embraces.
James went a step further and added the caption, "para siempre" – Spanish for "forever."
In an interview with PEOPLE, James made it official. The engagement is back on, and Von D is once again wearing her ring.
Originally posted 08/18/2011 03:20PM
The current season of LA Ink will be the last.
On Thursday, TLC announced that it is canceling Kat Von D's tattoo shop series after four seasons (and a whole lot of real-time Jesse James drama).
"TLC has decided that the current season of LA Ink will be its last," they said in a statement. "The network is proud of what the series has accomplished in its four seasons, following Kat Von D's journey as an artist from Miami to Los Angeles. The series finale will air September 15th at 10 p.m."
Kat Von D herself had a different spin on the news, however.
Originally posted 08/01/2011 07:00AM
There was no happy ending, but Kat Von D will not shy away from replaying her romance with Jesse James on L.A. Ink.
"Kat wants to show that this was a fairy tale and that she was truly in love," the TLC show's executive producer Gil Lopez tells PEOPLE. "Unfortunately, [the split] happened, but there have been no re-edits."
Von D, 29, who Tweeted on Thursday that she feels "weak" about the failed relationship, is seen on the show with James, 42, in happier times.
Originally posted 07/29/2011 03:45PM
First, it was Gene Simmons's reality TV proposal – which aired months later, when the couple had all but split up.
Now, just days after PEOPLE broke the news that Jesse James and Kat Von D ended their engagement, the former bride-to-be can be seen gushing about her then-fiancé on the new season of LA Ink, which premiered Thursday night.
"The long-distance relationship, we're just making it work," says the L.A.-based Von D. (James, who lives in Austin, blamed their breakup on the miles between them.) She also refers to him on the show as "my soulmate" and giddily shows off her new tattoo – an image of James as a child.
Originally posted 07/28/2011 03:00PM
The day didn't go as planned for Kat Von D.
What would have been her first public appearance following her split from Jesse James turned into a dramatic exit when she walked out of the Good Day L.A. studio Wednesday before her interview even began. Then it turned into a Twitter war with one of the show hosts. Finally, she says, it turned into a moment of clarity.
"What can I say?" the title of her Wednesday night blog post reads. "I suck. I allowed today to get the best of me."
Originally posted 07/27/2011 06:15PM
It's a Kat fight!
Kat Von D and Jillian Reynolds are in a war of words on Twitter, following a morning show appearance gone wrong.
Reynolds, 44, and her Good Day L.A. co-host Jeff Michael were scheduled to have Von D, 29, on the program Wednesday to promote the new season of her TLC show L.A. Ink.
Originally posted 07/27/2011 11:30AM
Not all has been bad this week for Jesse James, who confirmed his split with Kat Von D on Monday.
The motorcycle mogul, 42, was awarded sole custody of his daughter Sunny, 7, in an Orange County, Calif., courthouse on Monday, following a several-years-long acrimonious court battle with Sunny's mother Janine Lindemulder.
James's attorney John Schilling tells PEOPLE that if Lindemulder chooses to relocate to Texas to be near Sunny, she'll be ordered to inpatient rehab. If she remains in California, she'll only get monitored visitation of her daughter.
Originally posted 07/26/2011 01:15AM
Jesse James and Kat Von D have called off their engagement and broken up.
"I'm so sad because I really love her," James tells PEOPLE exclusively. "The distance between us was just too much."
James, 42, and the LA Ink star, 29, were engaged in January and had been planning a summer wedding around the one-year anniversary of when they started dating.
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