According to the Daily Mail, Metallica frontman, James Hetfield, has reportedly filed for divorce from his wife of more than two decades.

James, 59, filed documents in Colorado to divorce Francesca Hetfield, according to TMZ.

The two are said to still be in touch as they co-parent their daughters Cali, 20, and Marcella, 16, and son Castor, 18.

The couple have been married for 25 years after tying the knot in 1997.

James, who is worth an estimated $300 million, and his family are based in Vail, Colorado.

The small town, and popular ski resort, lies at the base of Vail Mountain and is Francesca’s hometown.

While the couple have chosen to live their life relatively out of the spotlight, James has previously admitted that he credits Francesca for helping him to mature.

The rhythm guitarist – who has maintained total abstinence from alcohol since going sober in 2002 – also previously stated that Fran, 48, helped him to deal with his issues more constructively.

He told NPR in 2005 that his wife had helped him to mature after he went “straight-edge,” and that he was embarrassed by his former destructive tendencies, caused by his addiction and anger issues.

In an interview with radio talk show host Joe Rogan after he relocated to Colorado, Hetfield said that after decades of living in Northern California, he grew tired of the negative reaction from locals who did not look kindly upon his political views and lifestyle choices.

‘I kind of got sick of the Bay Area, the attitudes of the people there, a little bit,’ Hetfield said.

‘They talk about how diverse they are, and things like that, and it’s fine if you’re diverse like them…”

6 Responses

  1. I wish the best for James. He’s been very “public” about his mental challenges, and he’s referred to his wife as his “rock” to provide him guidance.

    Although I will “bag” on his band cuz of their post “…Justice” album, James seems like a good person and the most “down to earth” of all the band members. I hope the best for James, as I’m sure this is a very emotional time for him, Francesca, and their children.

    1. Doug R. – Yep they are open minded unless you don’t see it their way. Sad to hear about James’ divorce. You’d think after 25 years they’d be able to work it out.

  2. His personal life is really none of my business, I’m sure they are both going through a lot of stress, pain and hurt , and hopefully for the most part they are allowed deal with this privately ~

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