Kat Von D On Jesse James: 'We're Dating'

Jesse James and Kat Von D attend the opening of Kat Von D's "Wonderland" gallery in West Hollywood on September 2, 2010 Jesse James and Kat Von D attend the opening of Kat Von D's

After much speculation, Kat Von D took her relationship with Sandra Bullock’s ex, Jesse James, public on Thursday night.

“It’s pretty obvious that we’re dating,” Kat told Access Hollywood at the opening of her Wonderland gallery in West Hollywood.

According to the reality star, their relationship is in its beginning stages.

“It’s actually very new. Although, I’ve known Jesse for a long time, since I was 22-years-old,” she explained to Access. “We’ve been friends forever and this is definitely something that I think we weren’t expecting, and it’s been great.”

Access pressed, asking if their relationship was more than just casual dating.

“Are you asking me if we are a couple? It is confirmed, yes,” Kat said.

Kat also talked to People about her new boyfriend, telling the mag, “Jesse is only my ninth boyfriend. I don’t hang out with anybody unless I am in love.”

When asked by People if Jesse is “The One,” she said, “I believe he is, so yeah.”

The heavily inked TLC star hopes the public’s fascination with their new relationship fades.

“I think that it’s just a shame that people are interested in something that’s not so important to them,” she told Access. “I think there’s a lot more positive things we could focus on and I urge everybody not to buy tabloids and watch TV, but that’s just me.”

Inside the celebration for the tattoo artist’s gallery opening, Access spotted Jesse meeting Kat’s dad for the first time. The new couple chatted and posed with other guests throughout the night, appearing very happy together.

Jesse finalized his divorce from Sandra in June after he admitted to being unfaithful.

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