Contact Us

Brantley Gilbert Opens Up About Split With Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer Brantley Gilbert
Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer broke off their engagement last year, after almost a year together. But while Gilbert previously said he would only talk about the split in his new album, ‘Just As I Am,’ the singer has finally opened up about the break-up, and his current relationship with his former fiancee.

“I’ll be completely honest with you. That little girl’s wonderful,” he tells Seattle radio station 100.7 The Wolf. “I love her to death. I care about her. She’s going to make somebody a wonderful, wonderful wife, and a wonderful, wonderful mother. But between she and I, the situation does exist where it just didn’t work. And that’s the case. Some things happened and it didn’t work out. But we still talk. I think the world of her. She’s one of the most genuine people I know. And that’s the honest to God truth. I think the world of that little girl.”

Gilbert says that his new album was the perfect channel to express all of his feelings about the relationship, both the good and the bad.

“There’s several things on that record that hit me in the heart, a pretty solid punch,” he acknowledges. “And I feel like if you leave those off, you’re cheating yourself and everybody else out of the true story. There’s songs on that record that cover the good times that we had, and man, those are irreplaceable. When I sing those, it doesn’t hurt as much. Those are the good times, man, and I think we get so wrapped up sometimes into the fact that things are over, that you forget how much you learned, and forget about the good times. The bad seems to wash all of that out. And, with this, I’m kind of at a place in my life right now where, looking back, I remember the good stuff. And these songs, I feel like if you write a song the right way, you relive it every time you sing it.”

Gilbert channeled a lot of his feelings about Kramer into one song, ‘I’m Gone,’ on the upcoming album.

“The song’s not written to be mean whatsoever,” he insists. “I’ve always been that way where, if something doesn’t work out the first time, I won’t try to beat a dead horse. It is what it is. I think, with these songs, looking back, the good ones and the bad times, it just reiterates the fact that, we made the right decision. We went for broke, man. We went hard, we went fast. And there’s all those questions that were unanswered for a long time. Do I really know what kind of love is? All of that’s answered. I do. I still love that girl to death.”

The Georgia native adds that, while their romantic relationship didn’t work out, he still has nothing but positive things to say about Kramer.

“I do know she’s a wonderful person, and she doesn’t have much room for hate in her heart. If she reserved all of that for me, I probably understand it, but I hope that’s not the case.”

‘Just As I Am’ will be released on May 20. Pre-order the record here.

Next: The Top Brantley Gilbert Songs

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theboot.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on The Boot quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on The Boot quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!