Jesse James Is In A “Pretty Awesome Place In Life”

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Jesse James is playing this pretty well, finally. While he seems to know he’ll never exactly escape the shadow of his tabloid-ready love life, he’s returning the focus to the thing that made him famous in the first place: his work in the shop. The extended preview for his upcoming special on Discovery, Jesse James: Outlaw Garage, touches on both his escape from Hollywood (“My life blew up in my face,” he says, which is one way to refer to his messy divorce from Sandra Bullock, affair with Michelle “Bombshell” McGee and broken engagement to Kat Von D) and his efforts to rebuild his life in Texas, with his new Austin Speed Shop. There’s a whole lot of car talk and a ridiculous deadline and the usual personnel conflict stuff there too, of course.

“Everyone can say whatever they want about me and call me whatever, but guess what? I’m still standing,” he told E! Online while promoting the show. “I think I’m in a pretty awesome place in life. In light of everything that’s happened, I think I came out of it a better dad and a better person while living and working in a place that’s like heaven to me.”

Well, we hope it’s not too much like heaven — that’s not good TV!

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