Jana Kramer was born in Detroit, and the “I Got the Boy” singer is very proud of her northern roots especially her home state of Michigan. So she was quick to defend the state (and her high school) after a few “awful” comments reportedly made by pop icon Madonna.

Kramer’s outspoken post is unusual for the singer, who usually keeps her thoughts and private life well, private. She admits she’s a fan of Madonna, and although she doesn’t say anything negative about the legendary star, she does speak proudly for Michigan and her alma mater.

“I rarely ever say anything negative but I take a lot of pride in my home state,” Kramer writes on Instagram. “I grew up such a fan of Madonna and I always thought it was cool we went to the same high school.”

The caption comes with a photo of an article from US Weekly featuring a quote apparently made by Madonna. It reads: “I miss absolutely nothing about growing up in Michigan. Nothing at all.”

This apparently isn’t the first time the “Like a Virgin” singer has had less than positive comments to say about the state, however.

“She said awful things about my high school and now reading US Weekly she says this,” Kramer writes. “She has a right to her opinion obviously but I would like to just state … my BEST memories of childhood and my life thus far was growing up in Michigan. I am so proud of my state and where I will forever call home in my heart.”

Adds the “I Got the Boy” singer, “Every time I’m stressed I picture myself on the lake up north Michigan. That is my happy place and I guess I’m just protective of where I come from … so I guess all I have to say is … Michigan, I love you and will never forget the state that raised me.”

Kramer ended her bold statement with the powerful hashtag #MichiganProud, proving you can take the girl out of Michigan, but you can’t take Michigan out of the girl.

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