What really happened between Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert?

Country star Jana Kramer had a tough time in the romance department. The “I’ve Done Love” singer filed to end her third marriage to ex-NFL star Mike Caussin in April 2021 after six years of marriage. “I fought with you. I loved hard I have forgiven I put in the work. I gave everything I have and now I have nothing left to give,” Kramer wrote on Instagram, acknowledging that the time of fighting was over. News of their split came as no shock, as Us Weekly revealed Caussin had been unfaithful years earlier. Despite Caussin’s stint in rehab for sex addiction and the couple’s decision to renew their vows, their relationship had run its course.

Prior to Caussin, Kramer was married to Michael Gambino and Johnathan Schaech, per HollywoodLife. However, Schaech told fans in a Reddit AMA (via People) that “Jana and I had a wedding, but we were never married. … She wanted a singing career and that’s what she focused on.” Despite the failed relationships, Kramer hasn’t let past pain cloud her joy. For proof, check out her 2015 track “Love,” where she sings, “I still believe in Fairy tales / I still believe in picking flowers… Love, love, love, I still believe in you.”

Aside from the cute lyrics, fans will have to travel back in time to find Kramer’s last happy relationship. Even though it ended in a breakup, she still has positive things to say about ex-boyfriend Brantley Gilbert.

Jana Kramer regrets Brantley Gilbert

In 2013, People reported that country music stars Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert were engaged after Gilbert popped the question at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Theater. “We couldn’t be happier,” the couple told the outlet. “We are so excited to share this special time with our loved ones and can’t wait to begin the rest of our lives together.” But less than a year later, Taste of Country confirmed that Gilbert and Kramer had ended their relationship, whereby both parties blamed their respective careers. “They’re both so busy now,” a source told People of the split. “They are both traveling and have to spend a lot of time apart, which is not ideal for any couple, let alone a couple trying to plan a wedding.” The insider also denied any reports of “foul play,” making it appear as if the couple had naturally drifted apart.

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For Kramer, it was a time in her life that she regrets. On a 2020 episode of her podcast, Whine Down With Jana Kramer, she told her then-husband that she wasn’t healthy enough to be in a relationship with Gilbert at the time. “I wasn’t the best version of myself in that relationship. I just wasn’t. I always have a little regret that I didn’t handle things better,” she admitted. Gilbert is, as of this writing, married to Amber Cochran, according to The Boot. “You’ll hear them in most of my songs,” added the country music star.

Brantley Gilbert continued with Amber Cochran

Jana Kramer might have regrets about how things ended with Brantley Gilbert — and it turns out he remembers the “Whiskey” singer fondly, too. “The little girl is wonderful,” he told radio station 100.7 The Wolf (via The Boot). “I love her to death. … It will make someone a wonderful, wonderful wife and a wonderful, wonderful mother. But between her and me, there’s that situation where it just didn’t work out.” Gilbert previously opened up about his fears of commitment to Taste of Country. “[Jana and I] went broke, man. We worked hard, we went fast,” he explained, although he didn’t understand why he and his former fiancée ended their relationship.

Maybe it had something to do with Gilbert’s longstanding feelings for his wife, Amber Cochran. The pair knew each other before Gilbert hooked up with Kramer, and as he told The Boot, Cochran “always had a very, very, very big piece of it [his] Heart.” Acknowledging that he couldn’t fully reveal himself when Cochran was on his mind, Gilbert said, “There’s nothing quite like having someone who loves every single part of you and who you love in the same way really share it.”

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Gilbert and Cochran share two children, Braylen Hendrix and Barrett-Hardy Clay, according to People. Today, they seem happier than ever, often posting sweet tributes to each other on Instagram. Everything seems to have worked out for the best in the end!