Brantley Gilbert's new album 'Just As I Am' dropped today (and it's awesome!!)...but he decided it's time to open up about his relationship & break up with Jana Kramer!

He says the relationship was REAL. They met in June of 2012, were engaged by January of 2013, and the wedding was called off by August of 2013. 

Remember all the rumors? Brantley sure does, haha. "The stories that came up around that thing, I'll be the first one to tell you, they're not true. Obviously there's a situation in relationships that exist where things just don’t work. That's what happened to us." 

So at least we know it wasn't some big throw down that caused it or another person. At least he got some GOOD songs out of it for the new record, right??

One thing about Brantley, he's not afraid to tell it like it is! The new album definitely shows that!

What's he think of Jana after the break up? "She is an absolute wonderful person. I think the world of her. She's going to make someone a wonderful, wonderful wife -- a wonderful, wonderful mother. Just between us, things didn't work."

Class act Brantley, class act.