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OTRC: Jesse James and Kat Von D deny split, announce wedding date

Jesse James and Kat Von D appear in a photo posted on her Twitter page on May 1, 2011. (twitpic.com/4rohu2)

Jesse James and Kat Von D squashed rumors of a breakup on Thursday evening and announced that they plan to get married in the summer.

"That is absolutely not true," James told People magazine. "We're still going strong. Things are completely good with us."

The 42-year-old motorcycle customizer and former host of the Discovery Channel series "Monster Garage," became engaged to tattoo artist and "LA Ink" reality star Kat Von D in January, less than a year after his split from actress Sandra Bullock.

Von D responded to the "silly" rumors on her Twitter account and told People that a breakup is "the furthest thing from the truth.

James announced that the couple plans to wed in the summer on the one-year anniversary of their first date.

"Everything is on track," James said. "I am absolutely more in love today than I was a year ago. She's the one for me."

The couple regularly commutes between Los Angeles and James' home in Austin, Texas. James wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday that he was going to sleep early in order to "jump on a plane and spend the weekend with my Angel."

James has been married three times and has three children from previous relationships. He has talked about his love life in various press interviews to promote his recent memoir, "American Outlaw."

James and Bullock, 46, married in 2005. The two split in March 2010 amid reports James had been unfaithful, especially with a tattoo model named Michelle "Bombshell" McGee," which he later confirmed. James and Bullock finalized their divorce that June. James told Stern that Von D contacted him last year after he was "persecuted by the media."

"Through all of that, one person reached out to me and sent me a text one night and said, 'Hey, you know, something tells me that your heart was hurting and I want to make sure my friend was okay,'" James said. "We got together and decided, let's meet for dinner. There was definitely a spark and I couldn't wait to see her again."

Von D has said she does not mind critics of her relationship with James and told OnTheRedCarpet.com after the two stepped out together in September: "People are going to say whatever they're going to say. They've criticized every relationship I've ever been in."

Months after the divorce, James closed up his West Coast Choppers motorcycle shop in Southern California, where he had lived with Bullock, and moved permanently to Texas with his three children.

Von D runs a tattoo parlor in Los Angeles but James says that she plans on moving to his compound outside of Austin eventually and in the meantime, he's building her a studio on the property.

Bullock lives in New Orleans with her adopted son Louis, who the couple brought home in January 2010. After their split, she announced she would raise him as a single parent.

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