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The Lo Down: Jesse James and Kat Von D Are Engaged And I'm Enraged

Thu, January 20, 2011 3:25pm EDT by 13 Comments
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Can Jesse James really say ‘I do’ and finally mean it?

Most of the time, I love celebrity engagement announcements. But this morning when I heard that Jesse James and Kat Von D were going to tie the knot, I got angry. Really, really angry. I instantly felt disgusted towards Jesse, empathetic towards Sandra Bullock and disappointed by LA Ink star Kat Von D. Speaking of ink, has the ink even dried on Jesse and Sandra’s divorce papers?

I don’t know why I’m so surprised by Jesse’s actions. I mean, here is a man who last March at the Oscars, dared to watch Sandra, 46, thank him in her acceptance speech (with tears in his eyes!) while conducting an affair with Michelle “Bombshell” McGee. A man who signed adoption papers for baby Louis and then sent racy texts to however many women he was juggling at the time. A man who finalized his divorce on June 28, only to step out with a new girlfriend, who looked remarkably similar to his former mistress Michelle, in August.

But still — engaged? Already? The couple have only been dating for five months, Jesse’s only been divorced for seven. I’m all for people moving on and finding the loves of their lives but do you really believe that Jesse is ready to stand up and promise to be monogamous to Kat Von D for the rest of his life? The saying isn’t fourth time’s the charm — does she really think he’s going to be any more faithful to her than he was to Sandra?

I’m not only upset on behalf of Sandra, who last award season thought she had a loving and supportive husband, and this award season will now have to deal with everyone constantly asking her about her ex-husband and his new fiance. I love Sandra, but I’m sure she is dealing with it and has been, in her own, very mature way. She’s handled the entire situation with grace so I expect no difference in her response to this slap in the face.

If fidelity-challenged Jesse, 41, wants to join Twitter so he can profess his “undying” love for Kat Von D, 28, if he wants to tell everyone 2010 has been great because he “fell in love with his best friend”, fine. Whatever. We all believe you Jesse. That part is annoying, but not upsetting. But I am upset that Jesse is treating marriage so flippantly. Marriage is something that isn’t even available to every citizen of the US yet, and it seems like he’s making a mockery out of it. And don’t get me started on the example he’s setting for his children, who have had to endure multiple step-mothers.

But enough of my rant… what do YOU guys think of this marriage? Is it too soon and inappropriate? Or should I just let Jesse be in love, because this time, it’s different.


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