Metallica’s front man to divorce wife after two and a half decades

Metallica's front man to divorce wife after two and a half decades.

Image: James Hetfield/Instagram

59-year-old James Hatfield has reportedly filed for divorce from his wife 48-year-old Francesca Hetfield.

The pair have been married for twenty-five years and share two daughters 20-year-old Cali, 16-year-old Marcella, and 18-year-old son Castor.

James credited Francesca over the years for helping him through tough times, including his anger management issues, TMZ confirmed on Saturday, August 13.

Balancing family life and working in the band had never been easy for James Hetfield, even before growing concerns about ageing started to emerge.

In the past, the vocalist has publicly battled alcohol addiction, for which he has been to rehab, numerous times.

In 2004, Hetfield checked into rehab. He said he’d gotten into bad habits on the road and was bringing them back home.

His wife kicked him out of their house and he feared losing his family to his addiction. Having come from a broken home, he did not want his children to suffer the same fate and he vowed to get clean.

After a 7 week program in which he says he was “broken down and rebuilt as a better person,” Hetfield continued to do the work in aftercare programs.

After 15 years of sobriety, Hetfield again checked himself into rehab again in October 2019, cancelling an upcoming Metallica tour in Australia and New Zealand in order to prioritize his well-being.

Metallica, one of the biggest selling acts in American history, was born on October 28, 1981, when drummer Lars Ulrich and guitar player/singer James Hetfield got together

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