Bride-to-be Kat Von D can’t wait to replace Sandra Bullock — both as Jesse James’ new wife and as his kids’ new stepmom. A friend of the tattoo artist, 28, tells In Touch that Kat does not want Sandra to be a part of the picture, especially when it comes to Jesse’s three children from previous marriages, Chandler, 16, Jesse Jr., 13, and Sunny, 7.
But it’s unlikely Sandra will go down without a fight. During her five-year marriage to Jesse, Sandra, 46, became extremely close to the children, declaring a month before the couple’s June 2010 divorce, “I don’t want to know what life is like without those kids.” And the feeling is mutual.
“The children are still reeling from the loss of their adored stepmom,” another source close to the former couple tells In Touch. “They’re not ready to accept a replacement for the woman they grew to love.”
So, Kat has been pulling out all the stops in an effort to win them over.
“She has been doing her best to make them like her,” says the source. “She buys fun little toys for Sunny, and she’s always calling or texting Chandler and Jesse Jr.”
However, despite Kat’s best efforts, they are not warming to their dad’s new fiancée.
“It upsets Kat that no matter how much she tries, the kids keep talking about ‘Sandra this and Sandra that,’” says the source.
Meanwhile, “Sandra may be done with Jesse, but she will never be done with his kids,” states the friend. Especially Sunny, who’s like a daughter to her. “Sunny has already been through so much — her dad’s custody battle with her mother [Jesse’s second wife, Janine Lindemulder], then losing her as a stepmom — that it breaks Sandra’s heart,” says the source. “She has told Sunny she will always be there for her, and that she’s never more than a phone call away.”