Jesse James and Kat Von D Call Off Engagement

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"The distance between us was just too much," James tells People of the reason for the split.

Jesse James and Kat Von D have called off their engagement, People reported.

James told People that the break-up was caused by the distance between the two reality stars: The tattoo artist shoots her reality show, TLC's L.A. Ink, in Los Angeles, while he lives outside of Austin, Texas.

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"I'm so sad because I really love her," James said. "The distance between us was just too much."

The two started dating last summer and became engaged in January. They were planning a summer wedding.

Von D confirmed the split via her Twitter account.

"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," she wrote. "Thanks for respecting that.

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James, best known for Discovery Channel's Monster Garage, made headlines last year when reports of his infidelity led to his divorce from Sandra Bullock.

He was married two previous times: first to Karla James and later to adult film star Janine Lindemuder. He has three children -- Chandler, 16, Jesse Jr., 14, and Sunny, 7 -- from those two marriages.

James also has hosted Spike TV's Jesse James Is a Dead Man and competed on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice.