Kat Von D: "I've Got a Lot of Respect" for Jesse James

The tattooed reality star explains why she stood by James during his cheating scandal but keeps their relationship a mystery

Reality star Kat Von D just can't seem to keep quiet about her maybe-romance with Jesse James.

Earlier in the week -- just one day after her rep insisted the two are "just friends" -- the LA Ink star Twittered (and soon after, deleted): "Yes, Jesse and I are dating." Now the tattoo queen is dishing even more details about their relationship, and explaining why she still respects him -- even after his messy divorce from Sandra Bullock.

"I've known Jesse since I was 22 actually," Kat, 28, said during a visit to the Kevin & Bean radio show on KROQ-FM. "We've always been friends you know? And even when all that negative stuff went down and stuff, I stay out of all that drama. Going out people were always asking what I thought about this and that. And I think it's none of my business and it's none of anyone's business really. I think we're all human and we're all capable of making mistakes. I think if I were to be crucified for my drug addiction three years ago now, it would be harder to live with that. I'm sober now, I've made mistakes, too. People have a hard time letting go of that you know? For me, I've got a lot of respect for Jesse and how he handled it."

Kat was happy to share her support for James, 41, but kept coy about their official relationship status. "I think that I'm his type on a different level than people would assume," she said. "Just because I have tattoos doesn't mean we're the perfect match."

Kat once again took to her Twitter after the chat, but managed to keep her fingers in line. "Always a great time chatting with Kevin and Bean," she wrote. "Hope you guys liked the interview. :)" 

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