Just days after country singer and actress Jana Kramer announced that she filed for divorce from her husband Mike Caussin after six years of marriage, Kramer returned to her Whine Down podcast and shared difficult details about her relationship with her ex.
"I didn't want this. I think where I'm at is, I'm embarrassed that this is how it ended, and I feel like I let people down," Kramer said on the podcast.
In the divorce filing, Kramer cited "inappropriate marital conduct, irreconcilable differences and adultery."
"He cheated and broke her trust again," a source told People. "After fighting for the marriage for so long, she's come to terms with the realization that his patterns were never going to change."
On Kramer's first appearance on the podcast since the announcement, she shared that she didn't want to break up her family, despite her therapist telling her that Caussin was "taking [her] light away."
"I went to my therapist a few weeks ago like, 'Fine, I'll just live this life. It's fine,'" Kramer said during the podcast. "I didn't want to break up my family. My whole thing was, like, I didn't want this for the kids."
Kramer made the announcement on social media on Wednesday (April 21).
"'It's time.' I've fought y'all. I've loved hard. I've forgiven. I've put the work in. I've given everything I have, and now I have nothing else to give," Kramer wrote. "Please know that I still believe wholeheartedly in marriage, love, and rebuilding. I just can't fight any longer. It's time to heal. Thank you for all the love, heart, and support, in many ways you have fought on this journey alongside me, and for that I am grateful. I'll always encourage you to continue the good fight, but you can't fight it alone."
The couple shares children Jolie Rae, 5, and Jace Joseph, 2.
The couple previously separated in 2016, when Caussin entered rehab to help treat his sex addiction. Kramer and Caussin had been open about their relationship and struggles on their podcast Whine Down with Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin.
Kramer also discussed her marriage in her 2020 book The Good Fight: Wanting to Leave, Choosing to Stay, and the Powerful Practice for Loving Faithfully, which she co-wrote with Caussin.
"Mike was in rehab and I was in an all-out war with my emotions. Most days, I would push Mike out of my brain and tried to live in the world as if he didn't exist," Kramer wrote (quote via E!). "Other days I was too weak to push and I missed him, and I hoped he would be in the audience watching me perform, rooting for me."
Kramer, who was previously married to Michael Gambin and Johnathon Schaech, starred as Alex Dupre on One Tree Hill for the last three seasons of the series. She previously competed on Dancing With the Stars.
She released her self-titled debut album in 2012 and her sophomore album Thirty One in 2015. Her songs "Why Ya Wanna" and "I Got the Boy" were both Top 10 country hits.
Kramer was among the stars rumored to be part of an upcoming project being described as a "Real Housewives of Nashville." According to TMZ, the potential show might not be part of the Real Housewives franchise hosted by Andy Cohen on Bravo. The reality show, focused on specific women in the world of country music, would most likely find a home on E! or Peacock.
In an April 2021 interview with People, Kramer shut down rumors that she was filming a Real Housewives show, but did film a presentation for her own show.