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OTRC: Jesse James and Kat Von D break up

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 have broken up and called off their engagement.

Von D, a 29-year-old tattoo artist and "LA Ink" reality star, confirmed the split on her Twitter account Monday night, saying, "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."

James told People magazine that the long distance was an issue for the couple.

"I'm so sad because I really love her. The distance between us was just too much," the magazine quoted James, 42, as saying in an article posted on Tuesday, July 26, which also marks the 47th birthday of his ex-wife, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock.

Von D runs her tattoo parlor in Los Angeles, while James lives outside of Austin, Texas. The couple had regularly commuted between California and Texas.

The news came days before "LA Ink" returns to the TLC cable network with new episodes on July 28. The show is based on her life. In the last year, Von D became engaged to James, got a tattoo of him inked on her skin, survived a house fire and obtained a new kitten.

James, a motorcycle customizer and former host of the Discovery Channel series "Monster Garage," became engaged to Von D in January, less than a year after his split from Bullock.

James and Von D denied breakup rumors last month and said they planned to get married in the summer on the one-year anniversary of their first date.

James has been married three times and has three children from previous relationships.

James and Bullock 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 said that Von D contacted him last year after he was "persecuted by the media."

Check out a sneak peek video of an upcoming episode of Kat Von D's reality show "LA Ink" below.

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