This is beyond horrifying. Jana Kramer details her abusive relationship with ex-husband, Michael Gambino, in a new interview, and it’s beyond heartbreaking to hear about the brutal way he literally tried to kill her while they were together.
Jana Kramer, 32, hasn’t exactly been lucky in love — and, now, she reveals she blames her trouble in relationships on her first husband, Michael Gambino’s, horrific abuse throughout their marriage. While Jana was in the spotlight during her second trip down the aisle with Johnathon Schaech, engagement to Brantley Gilbert, and third failed marriage to Michael Caussin, not much was known about her months-long courtship with Michael…until now.
“He’d come home at 3:00 in the morning and pick me up out of bed, throw me onto the ground and start yelling and hitting,” Jana painfully tells People. “Then the next morning, he’d be like, ‘Hey baby,’ as if nothing happened.” The two were married in Vegas in 2004 when she was just 20 years old, and although she called the cops after he first hit her on Valentine’s Day 2005, she admits she didn’t press charges because she was “too ashamed.”
But it was an absolutely terrifying incident on Aug. 6, 2005, when Michael tried to kill her after he saw she had called a male co-star, that made the singer finally realize how much danger she was in. “The last time, my friend Lisa was staying with us,” she explains. “Mike wakes me up and starts choking me, saying, “I saw his number in your phone, and this time I’m really going to f***ing kill you. This time I’m going to get my f***ing gun and you’re going to f***ing die.””
It didn’t end there, though. After the 32-year-old thought her then-husband had driven away, he blocked her from leaving with a rock and threw her to the ground. “He’s on top of me choking me, and I’m trying to gouge his eyes or get away,” she recalls. “And the whole time he’s screaming, ‘This is your last f***ing breath.’ I literally saw my whole life flash before my eyes.”
Miraculously, Jana survived, and two months later, Mike was arrested and convicted for attempted murder. He was released on parole in 2010, but committed suicide two years later. Now, the One Tree Hill star is dealing with another heartbreak: She split from her third husband, Michael Caussin, over the summer after he reportedly checked into rehab for sex addiction.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by Jana’s confession?