It's love for tattoo artist Kat Von D who says Jesse James is 'The One'

It was their first public appearance as a couple – and Jesse James' new girlfriend wanted to share her happiness with the world. 

Kat Von D – tattoo artist and star of LA Ink – has proclaimed her love for Sandra Bullock's ex, saying: "Jesse in only my ninth boyfriend. I don’t hang out with anybody unless I am in love."

The 28-year-old was speaking at the opening of her Wonderland gallery in West Hollywood which she attended hand-in-hand with Jesse (pictured).

And when asked whether she thought the 41-year-old biker is "The One", Kat told People magazine: "I believe he is, so yeah."

Reports that the couple had begun a relationship first began in August when the Mexico-born brunette announced on Twitter that she and Jesse were dating – a post she removed shortly afterwards.

Earlier this week, the tattooed pair, who are long-time friends, were seen holding hands walking around Texas.

Although Jesse only recently finalised his divorce from Oscar winner Sandra after admitting to infidelity, – the couple were married from July 2005 until June 2010 - Kat said she is not worried about his past.

"I stayed away from that as much as possible, and when we connected recently, it was such a positive thing," she told the magazine.

"It was just like, 'Wow, I can't believe I haven’t spent this much time with you the entire time I've known you.' Now I'm just embracing it and enjoying it."

Jesse, although less loquacious than his girlfriend, confirmed that he was happy in his new romance.

When asked what he liked best about Kat, the dad-of-three replied: "Everything".