Sandra Bullock's ex-husband to wed tattoo artist

Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:04pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Less than a year after his admitted infidelities caused the collapse of his five-year marriage to Oscar winner Sandra Bullock, Jesse James is ready to walk down the aisle again.

The tattooed, motorcycle-riding James told People magazine on Thursday that he was engaged to tattoo artist and reality star Kat Von D. The duo have been dating since last summer.

"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," James, 41, told People.

James was vilified by the U.S. media when his marriage ended days after the popular Bullock won a best actress Oscar in March 2010 for "The Blind Side." He later admitted cheating on Bullock.

"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. So honored that she said 'yes.'," he said on Thursday of his new love, Von D.

Von D, 28, who stars in the television series "LA Ink", told People: "There is no one else for me. He's the one."

Bullock and James' divorce was finalized in June. After the couple separated, Bullock revealed they had earlier adopted a baby boy, for whom she is now caring.

(Editing by Jill Serjeant)