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As we hinted earlier this week, Jesse James and Kat Von D were having problems. Now it looks like those problems have led to a full-blown breakup.

Blame Nikki Sixx and plain old geography. Long distance NEVER works.

Here's the latest: Kat Von D, the heavily-tattooed L.A. Ink star, dumped JJ and went back to Motley Crue rocker Sixx, her ex. She and Jesse were fizzling, so that's not shocking. What is surprising is the feud between Kat and ... TLC.

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For Kat Von D, it's out with the old, in with ... the older.

While filming the current season of L.A. Ink, Kat was dating Jesse James and during that courtship, producers shot footage of her trash talking ex Nikki.

They even went as far as editing an episode, which featured a "Nikki vs. Jesse" theme, posing a potentially awkward sitch for Kat. Her solution? SUE!

According to reports, Kat's "freaked out" and demanding producers cut the footage, lest she take legal action and halt Ink's production immediately.

How bad was her trash talking? We'll never know, since Kat got her way and the material was nixed! Too bad, that would have been really awkward.

In any case, Jesse's out, Nikki's in. You may now return to your lives.

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Is there trouble in paradise for Hollywood's tattooed twosome?

Last we heard, Jesse James and Kat Von D were going so strong, he was going to move back to California to be with her. But there's another side to that coin.

A source says Von D isn't happy about James' move to Austin, Texas, and she's rapidly losing patience with their "weekend fly-back-and-forth relationship."

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  • Kat Von D, Nikki Sixx

DEEP-SIXXED: Is Jesse's absence driving Kat back to her ex?

The irony, of course, is that James moved to Texas ostensibly so that his kids could remain close to their former stepmom, Sandra Bullock. Now it's backfired.

In the last couple of weeks, Kat Von D has been spotted getting close to other guys, including her ex-boyfriend Nikki Sixx during a recent Slash concert in L.A.

"They were on the balcony chatting and ended up disappearing together," a source says of the former lovers. "They were acting pretty cozy and chummy."

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Jesse James recently relocated to Texas so his kids could be near their former stepmom, Sandra Bullock, even though he cheated on her and she divorced him.

That plan had the added benefit of putting distance between his family and his other ex-wife, Janine Lindemulder, whose parole bars her from leaving California.

It all made sense at the time for the troubled biker, but he could be headed back to the Golden State before long. The reason for that is simple: Kat Von D.

Jesse James and Kat Von D

MANY TATS, ONE LOVE: It's getting serious for Jesse and Kat!

Janine herself muses: “He did everything he could to try and win Sandra back but it didn’t wash and now that he has Kat in his life, why would he stay in Texas?"

“All of his friends are in California and he was like a fish out of water in Austin which is really Sandra’s town. The sad part is that he made the kids move there."

“He’s a narcissist and if it means being with Kat Von D and the publicity that will bring then I’m sure he will go for it," Janine adds. “I guess I should be happy."

Good attitude, Janine. Way to stay positive.

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Oliver Peck is the ex-husband of Kat Von D. As such, he has the following, revealing insights to offer us about his former wife's hilarious new relationship with Jesse James:

  1. Both sides of couple are likely just in it for publicity.
  2. The relationship won't last.

Truly shocking on both accounts, we know.

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Jesse James and Kat Von D: Inked and in love... with the spotlight!

"She'll do anything to stay in the limelight." Peck told In Touch Weekly. "She's done nothing but screw over every friend she's had. She cheated on me, got messed up and left me... I don't think anything with her will last."

Clearly, Oliver didn't read that Kat said James is The One. Sorry, dude. We'll let you know where the couple is registered.

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Jesse James and Kat Von D just started hitting it, but the LA Ink star appreciates what a treasure she has from the start and says she thinks he's "The One."

Seriously.

"Jesse is only my ninth boyfriend. I don't hang out with anybody unless I am in love," Kat said at the opening of her Wonderland gallery in W. Hollywood.

Asked if she thinks the motorcycle mogul, who accompanied Von D to the gallery opening, is "The One" for her, she answered, "I believe he is, so yeah."

As for how and when she first knew her feelings for Jesse James were so strong, she said, "Was it when we were playing Scrabble? I don't remember."

"But it was something like that – we both realized how nerdy we were."

Although James recently finalized his split from Sandra Bullock after he admitted to cheating on her, Von D says the drama didn't cause her to hesitate.

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Jesse James and Kat von D are an item and not afraid to show it.

No idea why they would be afraid to show it, since he and ex Sandra Bullock have both moved on and the public can think what it wants, but still. They don't!

The pair were spotted hand-in-hand Sunday in Fredericksburg, Tex., near where James and his three kids from previous marriages just moved (Austin).

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Jesse James and Kat Von D: Think they make a cute couple?

It marked the first PDA shot of the tattooed Jesse James and Kat Von D, who raised eyebrows with during their weekend trip to Las Vegas on August 15.

L.A. Ink star Kat confirmed the relationship via Twitter a week later, writing "Yes, Jesse and I are dating" - then deleted the post. But alas, word got out.

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Jesse James and Kat Von D are totally each other's type.

So Kat says, but NOT just because of the tattoos, okay?!

"Just because I have tattoos doesn't mean, 'Oh, you guys are a perfect match,'" the star of TLC's LA Ink, tells the Kevin & Bean radio show on L.A.'s KROQ-FM. "I think that I'm his type on a different level than people would assume."

Kat, 28, and Jesse, 41, are newly involved romantically.

She admitted they were dating in a short-lived Tweet on Wednesday, which followed a weekend getaway in Las Vegas. Their history goes back a lot further, though.

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Jesse James & Kat Von D: It's a (skin) deep connection.

Rumors of Jesse James and Kat Von D dating surfaced earlier this week, but the two are old friends. "I've known Jesse since I was 22, actually. We've always been friends," Kat says. "He had his show on Discovery, that's how we met.

"I was looking for some advice when I first started on Miami Ink."

When it comes to the Jesse James' cheating scandal and the public collapse of his marriage to Sandra Bullock, Kat says she can actually relate to her man's crisis.

Not just 'cause she's a hotter version of Michelle McGee, either.

"We're all human and we're all capable of making mistakes," she says. "If I were to be crucified for my drug addiction three years ago now, it would be hard to live with that. I'm sober now, and it's awesome. But I have made mistakes, too."

"I've got a lot of respect for Jesse and how he handled it."

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Kat Von D Tweeted too soon. She and the Vanilla Gorilla have been outed.

Following days of rumors regarding her relationship with Jesse James, the tattoo artiste contradicted her own rep and confirmed they are more than friends.

After posting on Twitter earlier today, "Yes, Jesse and I are dating," the LA Ink star took down the message shortly after - but not until the message got out.

Therein lies the genius of Twitter. Kat's declaration quickly spread and was re-Tweeted by more than 100 people, then screen-capped by at least one (below).

Why even take it down at that point?

Kat Tweet

Her rep said she and the motorcycle mogul are just friends and their cozy date night in Vegas over the weekend wasn't the start of a new relationship.

But clearly Jesse James and Kat Von D are not platonic.

"Jesse and Kat drove to Las Vegas together in Jesse's car. It was just the two of them and they slept in the same room," says a People source. "They have been friends for years, but this is the first time they are both single."

As far as how Jesse's ex, Sandra Bullock, feels about this?

Despite the inevitable barrage of stories about how J-squared BETRAYED her and how HEARTBROKEN she is, we're guessing at this point, she couldn't care less.

After all, he was nailing Michelle McGee and others while they were married. Why would him dating Kat after they're divorced be shocking or upsetting?

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Jesse James and Kat Von D are totally just friends. As in friends with benefits. Well, unless he kisses all his friends passionately, which we suppose is possible.

In Las Vegas Sunday, the motorcycle mogul checked out "BODIES: The Exhibition" at the Luxor Hotel & Casino with his tattoo artist / L.A. Ink star companion.

The twosome were "holding hands the whole time" during their visit, an eyewitness says, but that wasn't all. We're talking straight up mauling going on here.

According to an observer, Jesse James and Kat Von D "shared a passionate kiss" in the "circulatory room" of the exhibit. Guess we can't say "get a room" ...

Says the witness: James "stood behind her and was hugging her from behind." Ooh, better watch out, Kat. That's how it all starts, right Michelle McGee?

Jesse James and Kat Von D

Jesse James. Kat Von D. It was bound to happen.

Kat Von D (real name Katherine von Drachenberg) evidently had a great time. Before exiting, she signed the guest book, writing, "Completely mind-blowing!"

Imagine what she had to say about the Vanilla Gorilla after!

Despite this and other reported sightings of the affectionate pair in Vegas and West Hollywood, Von D's rep insists "They're just friends - that's all."

James' five-year marriage to Sandra Bullock famously imploded after his affair with Michelle "Bombshell" McGee, a tattooed stripper, came to light.

Back in May, Kat came out and defended McGee and other tattooed women, saying "You can't judge a book by its cover" and positing that "there has always been a negative stigma surrounding tattoos, especially on women."

Mistresses who help guys cheat on popular movie stars, then cash in on the story for their 15 minutes tend to carry a certain stigma too, of course.

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Jesse James and Kat Von D's night out in Las Vegas over the weekend wasn't the start of a new romance, her rep says ... though sources say otherwise.

"They did have dinner, but are just friends," says the rep, adding that the LA Ink star and ex of Sandra Bullock, both TLC show stars, met "a while ago."

"They've always remained good friends," says her rep, noting that despite affection showed during the night, "There is no romance there with Jesse."

"It was just good friends catching up. She's [held] hands with friends before."

Von D in the Hee Zee

No word if they got his-and-hers tats in Vegas.

Here's the thing, though. Multiple sources close to the pair say Jesse James and Kat Von D were seen getting all touchy-feely at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

They had a romantic dinner at N9ne Steakhouse at The Palms, but moved on and stayed at another very high end Vegas hotel that night, TMZ reports.

Kat Von D's people are playing the "just friends" card, but insiders say "friends with benefits" is more like it. So the rep isn't necessarily lying here.

It's not the start of a new relationship ... just straight up mauling each other on occasion by peeps who are primarily friends and not looking for more.

Hey, whatever works.

Kat Von D Biography

Kat Von D Pic Kat Von D (short for Katherine Von Drachenberg) is a cool tattoo artist featured on TLC's Miami Ink and then on her own spin-off series,... More »
Born
Birthplace
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Full Name
Katherine Von Drachenberg
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