Photo: Kat Von D and Jesse James
After a highly publicized divorce from award winning actress Sandra Bullock just last year, Jesse James has announced he is engaged to tattoo artist Kat Von D.
The 28-year-old, born Katherine von Drachenberg, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and CEO of West Coast Choppers and television personality, Jesse James, 41, had only confirmed they were a couple last August, just one month after James’ divorce from Bullock was finalized.
James admitted to being unfaithful to his now ex-wife after a number of women came forward and revealed they had sexual relationships with him.
Thursday, James announced he and Von D were engaged saying, “You know sometimes the public and press gets it wrong. This is one of those times. 2010 was actually the best year of my life because I fell in love with my best friend. An amazing woman who stood behind me when the world turned their backs”, and declared that “Growing old with her is going to be a f——n’ blast!”
Though she was born in Mexico, Kat Von D’s parents are Argentinean of Spanish, Italian and German descent. Kat and her family moved to California when she was just four, and the owner of High Voltage Tattoo in West Hollywood, says the prominent Latin culture there is what has inspired a lot of her tattoo style.
The artist was married once before to fellow tattoo artist, Oliver Peck.
Since the engagement to her motorcycle man seems rather sudden, many are wondering how long this relationship will last, and Kat has already been warned by one of James’ former lovers.
Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, who came forward about sleeping with James while he was still married to Bullock, told RadarOnline, “Kat, what in the world are you thinking? I was with Jesse during his marriage – the guy’s not faithful, he doesn’t have a faithful bone in his body!” She continued with, “If he did it to me, if he did it to Sandra, he’s gonna do it to you, too – once a cheater always a cheater. He cheated on his wife, numerous times.”