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With Brantley Gilbert, you get what you get.

But there are still many people who don’t fully understand who the country music superstar is at his core. Because behind the chains and the tough exterior is a man with a heart of gold … and a cross now tattooed over that tender heart.

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“It’s a stone cross and it’s not done,” Brantley told Rare Country a few hours before NASCAR drivers took the green flag at the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 July 23 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The rest of my chest is going to be done for [wife Amber] and our little boy and whatever kids we have in the future. I left some space for them.”


Speaking about his personal faith has always been something important to Brantley, who is riding high on the initial success of his new single, “The Ones That Like Me.”

The tattoo is “to remind me to never bury my cross,” he told Rare Country. “It represents the strength of God, so when I look in the mirror and I’m weighed down by something, each day I can look and be reminded that He is as strong as stone and we are going to make it.”

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And with his baby boy on the way, Brantley admits he is relying on his faith like never before.

“I definitely have faith that He will get us through everything that lies ahead for us,” Brantley said while smiling coyly at Amber. “I can tell you that it’s actually brought us closer together since she’s been pregnant. I’ve been trying to get in church a little bit more lately and that kind of thing. Faith has always been huge for both of us.”

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