Jesse James, Kat von D Step Out Holding Hands

Celebrity Body Aug. 30, 2010 AT 2:27PM
Jesse James, Kat von D Step Out Holding Hands Credit: Splash News Online; Sarah Kerver/WireImage.com

I wanna hold your hand!

Jesse James and new love Kat von D were photographed hand-in-hand Sunday in Fredericksburg, Tex.. (James and his three kids recently moved to nearby Austin, where his ex-wife Sandra Bullock keeps a home.)

It's the first PDA shot of the tattooed twosome -- who were seen sharing a "passionate kiss" at a museum exhibit in Las Vegas August 15.

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L.A. Ink star von D (real name: Katherine von Drachenberg) confirmed the relationship via Twitter two weeks ago, writing "Yes, Jesse and I are dating" -- and then deleted the post.

In a subsequent radio appearance on the Kevin and Bean radio show on L.A.'s KROQ-FM Thursday, she explained that she and James met when she was 22. "He had his show on Discovery; that's how we met. I was looking for some advice when I first started on Miami Ink," the star, now 28, said.

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The tattoo artist added that she has forgiven James' widely publicized infidelity during his marriage to Bullock. "I am a believer that we're all human and we're all capable of making mistakes," she said. "I think if I were to be crucified for my drug addiction three years ago now, it would be hard to live with that. I'm sober now, and it's awesome. But I have made mistakes, too."

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"I've got a lot of respect for Jesse and how he handled it," she added of James' conduct during the scandal.

Bullock, 46, has also moved on -- as a single mom to adopted son Louis, seven months. "Everything works out the way the universe wants it to work out," she says in a new TV interview with the Today Show's Matt Lauer, airing Tuesday.

Baby Louis is "my little Cajun cookie," she gushed.

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