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In a tell-all Facebook post titled "Thank You, Jesse James," the 29-year-old LA Ink starlet admits that her former flame cheated on her -- with 19 different women over the course of the year they were together.
And even though Von D says she deserves "a big fat 'I told you so' from everyone" -- James similarly cheated on ex-wife Sandra Bullock before dating Kat -- she is willing to thank Jesse for teaching her an important life lesson.
"I don't want to sink into the feelings of regret, or resentment. Because right now, for the first time in my life I have felt regret, (for someone like me, who's never felt that before, this is hard to say out loud)," she writes. "Time is something you can never get back, and what we do with this very present moment is the most real thing we have. So if that's the lesson Jesse forced me to face and learn by all of this, than all I can say is Thank You."
The tattooed starlet admits that she wanted to prove the world wrong when they told her she shouldn't date James. But after breaking things off in July and then reconciling in August, the two parted ways for good in September -- and Von D says that she wrote the blog post as a way to "release and let go of any residual feelings remaining from that toxic relationship."
In the post, Von D also addresses her role in James and Bullock's divorce. "I'm pretty tired of getting mistaken for the girl who everyone believes to have broken up Jesse and Sandra's marriage," she writes, "just because I have black hair and tattoos like that other gal."
Despite the fact that James did the same thing to Von D that he did to Bullock, however, Kat says that she still believes that it is possible for cheaters to turn into sweethearts (though perhaps not in Jesse's case).
"There was a time when I was confident and excited at proving the world wrong, because I believed so deeply in people's ability to change for the better," she says. "Although this was not a primary purpose in the relationship, I did feel like it would be a positive thing for those who judged Jesse solely based on what they read in tabloids, to see that change is always possible - even in the people who seem hopeless. I still believe that, even if that change never occurs inside of him - because I see proof of change everyday - in others, and in myself."