After 25 years of marriage, Metallica singer James Hetfield has reportedly filed for divorce from his wife, Francesca. Sources close to the couple told TMZ the divorce was filed earlier this year in Colorado.
But the file was never made public because the ex-couple hid the news from the public. Insiders also told the magazine that the two were still in touch as they were co-stars.
James met Francesca in 1992 and they married in 1997. They have the same 18-year-old son, Castor, and 20-year-old daughters, Cali and Marcella (16). Reportedly, the musician and his family lived in Vail, Colorado, which is also Francesca’s hometown.
Francesca Hetfield comes from the United States. She was born in Rosario, Argentina on January 27, 1970.
Francesca did not go to college after finishing high school. Instead, she worked as a waitress at a bar near her home. She finally got a job in the costume design business when she was 23 years old.
ABTC says Francesca has a net worth of around $1 million. She earned most of her money working as a costume designer. Reports say she met her husband James while working as a designer for his heavy metal band Metallica.
Even though James and Francesca got married in 1992, they mostly kept their private lives out of the public eye. But the second was often seen on tour with her husband and even appeared in the 2004 Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster.
James Hetfield has always been open about using drugs and drinking too much in the past. During an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience in 2017, the musician recounted how he went to rehab almost 20 years ago because he was afraid of losing his family:
“Fear was a big reason I did this. What scared me the most was losing my family. That was the lowest point for me: thinking that my family was going to leave me because of the bad habits I brought back from the road.
He also said that Francesca “chased” him out of the house and made him go to therapy to deal with his problems:
“My wife kicked me out of the house, so I was living alone somewhere. It wasn’t what I wanted… My wife did the right thing when she kicked me out of the house, which scared me to death. She said, “Hey, you’re not just going to talk to your therapist about it now.” You have to go somewhere and figure out what’s going on. So I did exactly that.
James Hetfield has stayed sober since 2002, according to reports. He had previously said that Francesca had helped him deal with his own problems in a “constructive” way. In 2005, the entertainer even told NPR that his wife helped him “grow up” when he quit using drugs and dealt with his anger issues in a “direct” way.
James and Francesca Hetfield’s relationship ended earlier this year, but they have yet to say anything publicly about the divorce.