Keeping the faith. In an interview, Jana Kramer discussed how far she’s gone since opening up about a traumatic experience in her past: a relationship in which she was abused.
Kramer, 38, posted on Instagram on October 1 under a throwback photo of herself and her mother, Noah Kramer, that she doesn’t recall the justifications she gave people when she flew home to escape her abuser about the scratches and scrapes on her shoulder and arms or why her ribs were aching. In contrast, she says, “When I look at this photo…
I see a broken girl who was pinned to the ground for weeks while the man who ‘loved’ me was strangling me, shouting that he was going to murder me.”
Jana Kramer did not identify her alleged abuser, but she has been vocal about her allegations of abuse by her first husband, Michel Gambino.
Her letter included a video clip of her 2017 acceptance speech at Safe Horizon’s 22nd Annual Champion Awards when she was honored for her work with the organization.
She said in her speech that “it started with tiny insults here and there,” however she still refused to identify her abuser and instead “married” him.
Then the verbal harassment resumed. A shove or prod was the initial catalyst. Then it turned into a chokehold. When asked to elaborate, she said, “Once my abuser was in jail, I was finally able to be set free.”
After only two weeks of dating, Kramer and Gambino tied the knot in 2004. A little over a year after they got married, the hosts of the “Whine Down” podcast got a divorce. After a lengthy trial, Gambino was found guilty of attempted murder.
The country singer claimed she was terrified of her ex-husband after he was released from jail in 2010 after serving five years.
The “I Got the Boy” singer admitted on Good Morning America in 2014 that her initial reaction to Gambino’s death was one of relief because it meant she no longer had to worry about him. I was upset that there was nothing I could do to improve his life.
The Michigan native posted on Instagram on Saturday about how she felt “so full of shame” and “like I had no one,” and how she worried that no one would believe her if she came out.
Since that wasn’t the last abusive relationship, she said, “to be honest it’s been a journey and one I’m still trying to navigate through.”
For a long time, I believed that I deserved maltreatment, so I threw that belief into the stream along with several other heavy boulders. That was a belief of mine that I nurtured for a long time, considering it to be correct. Yes, that’s what I was led to believe.
The ex-Entourage starlet continued, saying that she hopes her words will encourage “at least one person who is reading this to talk to someone,” adding that “no one” deserves to be abused.
She went on to say that “abusive relationships” can take many forms, including “physical, sexual, mental, verbal, financial, emotionally abusive relationships, etc.”
It’s important to remember that support is available from many sources. Those who support you and are available to help. Do it now, before you run out of breath!
A month after their July 2010 wedding, Kramer and Johnathon Schaech filed for divorce. In June of 2011, the divorce was finalized. The couple later became engaged, but she and country musician Brantley Gilbert called it off in August 2013.
The couple tied the knot in May 2015. The couple’s daughter Jolie was born in January 2016, and their son Jace followed two years later.
After the then-35-year-old ex-NFL player revealed to Kramer and his other mistresses that he was cheating, the couple officially split up in 2021.
This year, the sportsman admitted he had a sex addiction. The creator of “Why Ya Wanna” has been connected to a number of celebrities, including Scott Eastwood, Jay Cutler, Ian Schinelli, and Gleb Savchenko.