Friday, January 21, 2011

News Spotlight: Kat Von James?

So much for Kat Von D and Jesse James' relationship being a phase. After about a half a year of dating, the two officially announced their engagement yesterday. It's not too much of a surprise as the last couple of weeks they have been gushing and mushing about each other via Twitter. According to one article, they are rushing their alter appearance just as fast as the engagement, planning to marry in a month or so. Here are the details of this taboo union:

From Newsday: "Jesse James and "LA Ink" star Kat Von D are penciling in wedding plans.

"So honored that she said 'yes,' " celebrity motorcycle customizer James confirmed to People magazine Thursday.

"Twenty-ten 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. I have never met anyone so kind and loving and committed to making the world a better place every day. My love for her is beyond description. . . . Growing old with her is going to be a . . . blast!"

"Waking up to what [James] said about our engagement this morning brought tears to my eyes, in the best way possible," Von D, born Katherine Drachenberg, wrote on her Twitter feed.

"Thank you for all the wonderful, loving congratulations . . . Overwhelmed with joy right now!"
Former reality-TV star James, 41, and tattoo artist Von D, 28, were first spotted together in August, after his divorce from Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock was finalized on June 28. Their five-year marriage had crumbled in March, shortly after reports of James' infidelities became public.

This would be his fourth marriage. He was previously wed to Karla James, with whom he has a teenage daughter, Chandler, and a younger son, Jesse Jr.; and to former adult film star and Penthouse centerfold Janine Lindemulder, with whom he has a young daughter, Sunny. Von D is divorced from tattoo artist Oliver Peck, and dated Mötley Crüe rocker Nikki Sixx on and off between 2008 and 2010.

At an LA party Wednesday, Von D told Us magazine, "I think our relationship has matured so much and matures every day and grows. I am not ashamed of anything. I am really excited about it. Every day we grow stronger.""

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