Jesse James, Kat Von D Call Off Engagement

'The distance between us was just too much,' James says of living in different cities.

Nearly six months after announcing they'd be tying the knot, Jesse James and Kat Von D announced that they have ended their engagement.

Kat made the announcement on her


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statement: "I am no longer w Jesse, and out of respect for him, his family and myself, that's all the info I'd like to share. Thanks for respecting that."

Meanwhile, James released a statement to

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They had been planning a summer wedding to mark the one-year anniversary of their relationship.

Earlier this year, when they announced their plans to marry, they gushed about one another. "You know, sometimes the public and press gets it wrong," James said. "This is one of those times. 2010 was actually the best year of my life because I fell in love with my best friend. An amazing woman who stood behind me when the world turned their backs.

"I have never met anyone so kind and loving and committed to making the world a better place every day," he continued. "My love for her is beyond description. So honored that she said 'yes.' Growing old with her is going to be a f---in' blast!"

Von D, however, did mention the distance at the time. "There is no one else for me. He's the one," she said. "Having two places we call home will be good for now. In the end, home is where the heart is, and my heart's with him."

The couple began dating in the summer of 2010, shortly after James'

very public divorce from Oscar winner Sandra Bullock was finalized in June. James made headlines when it was reported shortly after Bullock's Oscar win that he had cheated on her.