Jesse James and Kat Von D have called off their engagement and broken up.
“I’m so sad because I really love her,” James tells PEOPLE exclusively. “The distance between us was just too much.”
James, 42, and the LA Ink star, 29, were engaged in January and had been planning a summer wedding around the one-year anniversary of when they started dating.
Von D confirmed the split on Twitter.
“I am no longer w Jesse,” she writes, “and out of respect for him, his family and myself, thats all the info I’d like to share. Thanks for respecting that.”
BY ELIZABETH LEONARD