Country Singer Jana Kramer Sobs Over Abusive First Husband: 'He Said He Was Going to Kill Me'
Country singer and Dancing With the Stars contestant Jana Kramer has revealed in an emotional interview that her first husband tried to kill her.
"It's been a very heavy secret to hold for so many years,” she told Good Morning America.
The 32-year-old said her first husband tried to murder her after months of domestic abuse.
“He would come home from a night out at the club and literally take me out of my bed and throw me on to the ground,” she said. He told her he was going to kill her, she said.
One night in 2005, she said he almost strangled her to death. “When we were struggling, he was choking me. I see everything. I see my mom, I see my funeral,” she said.
“I literally had that flash of my whole life, and I remember I screamed out my mother's name and that's the last thing I remember.”
Her ex, Michael Gambino, served six years for attempted murder. He committed suicide in 2014.
The theme of Monday night's Dancing With the Stars was the contestants' most memorable years. For Kramer, that meant 2016 - the year her daughter was born. Nine-month-old Jolie was in the audience.
She told Inside Edition backstage, "I hope she watches back one day, and is really proud of us."
Meanwhile, Olympian Ryan Lochte's dance celebrated the year he won gold for the first time in 2008.
And gymnast Laurie Hernandez marked 2016 - the year she won gold in Rio.