JAMES HETFIELD’s Estranged Wife Issues Statement: ‘I Am Extremely Saddened That My Marriage Has Come To This’

James and Francesca Hetfield

James Hetfield‘s estranged wife, Francesca Hetfield, says that she is “extremely saddened” by the end of her marriage to the METALLICA frontman.

Earlier this month, TMZ reported that sources close to the former couple told them James filed divorce docs against Francesca in Colorado earlier this year. The filing was apparently never reported, and the couple kept it out of the spotlight.

On August 16, Francesca released the following short statement 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.”

Hetfield married Francesca in 1997, and together they have three children. During an interview on NPR’s Fresh AirHetfield stated that his wife had helped him to mature and learn to deal with his anger issues more constructively, explaining that after they met, his destructive tendencies embarrassed both of them.

Back in September 2019, Hetfield re-entered a treatment program to work on his recovery from alcohol addiction. He had previously been to rehab nearly two decades earlier for the same problem.