Kat Von D: I've Got A Lot Of Respect For Jesse James

08/19/2010 03:01 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kat Von D, the 'LA Ink' star who on Wednesday tweeted then deleted confirmation that she is dating Jesse James, visited the the Kevin & Bean radio show on KROQ-FM Thursday where she discussed their friendship.

"I've known Jesse since I was 22 actually. We've always been friends you know? And even when all that negative stuff went down and stuff, I stay out of all that drama. Going out people were always asking what I thought about this and that. And I think it's none of my business and it's none of anyone's business really. I think we're all human and we're all capable of making mistakes. I think if I were to be crucified for my drug addiction three years ago now, it would be harder to live with that. I'm sober now, I've made mistakes too. People have a hard time letting go of that you know? For me, I've got a lot of respect for Jesse and how he handled it."

She didn't elaborate on how their relationship has evolved but did talk about why she's his type:

I think that I'm his type on a different level than people would assume. Just because I have tattoos doesn't mean we're the perfect match.

Kat and Jesse were seen sharing dinner in Vegas on Saturday night. Listen to the show and read a full transcript here.