Jesse James: “I Still Really Love” Sandra Bullock

In his first sit-down interview since allegations surfaced that he cheated on wife Sandra Bullock, Jesse James tells ABC's Vicki Mabrey that he still loves the Oscar-wining actress and believed that he would get caught.

"When I was doing it, you know, one, I knew it was horrible, it made me feel horrible," James told ABC's "Nightline" in a new clip which surfaced on Monday, of the interview which is set to air on Tuesday. "And two, I knew I would get caught eventually, and I think I wanted to get caught… It was me trying to self-sabotage my life."

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When Mabrey asked why he would hurt his wife, James said, "It's hard for me to talk about, a little bit, because I still really love her and care about her."

"I've spent my whole life with the kids and with her trying to … protect her from everything," James continued in the clip. "But, the most hurt she's ever been caused is by the person that wanted to protect her."

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On Monday's "Good Morning America," Mabrey said that James believes that Bullock would not take him back and would divorce him.

As previously reported on, in a previous clip of the interview released last week, James – who described himself as "most hated man in the world" – said, "I took a pretty amazing life and marriage and threw it away."

James' interview came in the wake of Bullock's People cover story last month, in which she revealed she'd adopted a son, Louis, and was filing for divorce from James.

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The former couple wed in 2005.

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