Jana Kramer fans were heartbroken when, last year and just seven months after their baby girl was born, the country singer and “One Tree Hill” actress announced that she and her husband, former NFL player Michael Caussin, had separated. The story trickled out slowly that Michael was in rehab, reportedly for sexual addiction, while Jana was the picture of strength and grace competing on “Dancing With the Stars” and navigating the bumpy road of single parenting.

But never did she mention divorce. Never was there an unkind word spoken in public about her husband. And never did the delicate wedding band leave her ring finger.

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There was also never an official statement after the one about their separation, but as Jana told podcast host and former “The Bachelor” contestant Olivia Caridi, there was no need for one.

During their hourlong conversation, posted on Sept. 5, Jana confirmed that Michael is still very much her husband and that they are living together. She also explained, “I haven’t made a statement because it’s like, I’m just focusing on our family and trying to figure it out.” She went on to say of the relationship, “It’s day-by-day. So, we’re not divorced. He’s not my estranged husband. He’s very much in my life. He is my husband. Legally, he is my husband. I have a ring on my finger. We’re actively working on it.”

Jana was very candid though, explaining that the healing process has been difficult. “It’s hard. Every day,” she said. “Some days I’m like, ‘I can’t do this. I physically can’t do this.’ Other days, I’m like, ‘No, fight for it. It’s for our family.’ ” And family is obviously what is most important. She adds, “He’s working really hard and we both love our little girl. At the end of the day, no matter what, we’ll be amazing parents to our daughter.”

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The “I’ve Done Love” singer also gave Michael a lot of credit for his effort. “The only reason that I stayed was because I’ve seen how hard he has worked to become the better version of himself and to be a better man and to be very present,” she said. “Again, we all have our moments where we question that and have hard times, but he’s working extremely hard and he’s so good with [daughter] Jolie. He’s an incredible dad. And I see that, and I recognize that and, again, I know how hard he’s working at becoming this better version of himself, but it’s still hard. Trust is a hard thing, when it’s broke, to get back.”

Jana admitted that they are both utilizing therapy in their relationship and that it has been beneficial for her as well. “I’ve learned so much about myself in the process,” she said. “Again, either way, we’ll come out healthier.”

At a time when so many couples find it easier to walk away, we applaud both Jana and Michael for making the effort to make it work.

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Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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