By Jeff Labrecque
July 26, 2011 at 01:59 PM EDT

Jesse James and fiancée Kat Von D have ended their engagement. “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,” the tattooed star of LA Ink tweeted. “Thanks for respecting that.”

The couple had begun dating soon after James’ marriage to Sandra Bullock collapsed last year, and they became engaged in January. “I’m so sad because I really love her,” James told People magazine about the split. “The distance between us was just too much.” James and his three children live near Austin, Tex., while Von D films her TLC reality show in Los Angeles.

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