Earlier this month, news came out that Metallica guitarist and singer James Hetfield and his wife, Francesca Hetfield, would be separating after almost three decades of marriage. James filed for a divorce from Francesca Hetfield earlier this year. The couple initially met back in 1992, while Metallica were on their Where We May Roam Tour.
As of recently, Francesca Hetfield provided a brief statement to TMZ, speaking to how “extremely saddened” she is with how her marriage has come to be. At the time of this writing, there has been no statement provided by James Hetfield regarding his divorce.
Here is the brief statement that Francesca provided to TMZ: “After 30 years of ups and downs but always with a lot of love, I am extremely saddened that my marriage has come to this.”
The couple were together for 25 years. We wish both James and Francesca all the best in their lives, and hope they both find happiness and peace. In the past, James had spoken to how his wife’s tough love helped him work towards sobriety:
“[My wife] did the right thing, she kicked my ass right out of the house and that scared the s—t out of me. She said, ‘Hey, you’re not just going to the therapist now, and talking about this, you’ve got to go somewhere and sort this s—t out,’ so that’s what I did … What worked for me was 7 weeks someplace, like basically tearing you down to bones, ripping your life apart, anything you thought about yourself or what it was, anything you thought you had, your family, your career, anything, gone. Strip you down to just, you’re born. Here’s how you were when you were born, you were okay, you were a good person, let’s get back to that again, then they slowly rebuild you.”