updated 05/04/2011 AT 12:40 PM ET
•originally published 05/04/2011 AT 12:45 PM ET
Jesse James has no doubt that fiancée Kat Von D is his soul mate.
“We have something special that I’ve never felt with anyone I’ve ever been with,” James, 42, tells PEOPLE of the L.A. Ink star, whom he got engaged to in January. “She loves me like no woman ever has, 100 percent. Man, she has my back.”
“We fell in love at the worst possible time. I’m being chased around [by paparazzi] like a dog and here comes this angel,” he says. “Not only does she love me, but she loves me so much that she was willing to subject herself to everything that I was going through and [endure] all the ridicule that she got for being with me.”