Jana Kramer Opens Up About Ex Abuse: ‘He Was Going To Kill Me’

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Jana Kramer is showing her support for domestic violence awareness month with a powerful statement about her own experience.

As you may already know, One tree hill alum’s first husband Michael Gambino was found guilty of attempted murder after strangling the female singer until she lost consciousness. He was released from prison in 2010 and died by suicide two years later. In 2016, she spoke with People in a candid interview where she explained how “embarrassed” she was at being abused:

“I was so embarrassed… I literally walked around the eggshell, scared to tell anyone, because I was so embarrassed about the situation I had put myself in. to get out of it, or stay in it and make it better. ‘”

So terrible…

Since then, however, Jana has spoken out about her love life and all the terrible things she’s been through – and she’s passionate about sharing her experiences to help others.

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In one Instagram posted on the weekend, I have a boy The musician shared a photo of herself and her mother when she was in her teens. She sat on her mother’s lap and the two smiled for the camera, but in the caption she revealed the moment wasn’t as happy as it seemed:

“This is a very difficult photo for me. One can look at this and see two smiling faces. A daughter with her mother. But what was under the smile is something that is still very difficult for me to say to this day. I don’t remember the reasons I told people when I flew home from my abuser about cuts and scrapes on my shoulder and arm, or why my ribs hurt. “

It really shows that you can never tell what someone is going through just by the way they appear.

Moving on, the actress talked about the moment her ex told her he was going to “kill” her:

“But when I look at this photo, that’s all I see. I saw a broken girl who had been pinned to the ground a few weeks earlier while the man ‘in love’ with me was strangling me saying he was going to kill me. I was very embarrassed. I feel like no one, no one believes me and the reason I choke or get beaten is because I’m ugly. That I was wrong and I deserve it.”

Ugh, that’s horrible. Poor girl…

The 38-year-old said one day “soon” she plans to talk more about her abuse – but for now she wants everyone to know she’s finally given up belief that she deserves any treatment after many abusive relationships:

“For many years I have held fast to that belief and one day not far I will talk more about the abuse that followed and the patterns that continue, but honestly, it has been a journey and I still do. trying to get over it knowing it’s not the ultimate abusive relationship…. One of the hardest rocks I threw into the stream while I was on the spot was the “I deserve to be abused” rock because that’s what I’ve been thinking for so long. I kept that for years and thought it was true. That’s what I was made to believe. “

The Christmas in Mississippi The star goes on to tell readers that they don’t deserve to be abused in any way and encourages them to access resources like social services. Safe horizon if they need help:

“I speak out to help others and hope to help at least one person reading this talk to someone. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE AGAIN. You don’t deserve abuse of any kind… abusive relationships physically, sexually, mentally, verbally, financially, emotionally, etc. THAT IS ALL AWESOME. There are people who want to be there for you. It is there for you. Please don’t wait until you lose your breath. Your life, your heart, your soul is meant to be here and is meant to be loved and cherished. I am linking in my bio a place to find help. @safehorizon and lots of places for you. Let’s talk to someone. #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth #domesticviolence”

Ch-ch-see the full post (below):

Jana was really brave in telling her story, we hope she never has to face such horrible abuse again.

If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, you can get help by calling 800-799-7233 or texting START to 88788. Additional resources can be found at https://www. .thehotline.org/.

[Image via Jana Kramer/Instagram/California Department of Corrections.]


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