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James Hetfield has reportedly filed for divorce from Francesca Hetfield, his wife of 25 years.

According to TMZ, James filed divorce documents in Colorado earlier this year, where they reside. The gossip outlet added, “We’re told the two are still in touch, as they have kids together.”

James and Francesca met in 1992 and married in August 1997. They have three children: Cali (20), Castor (18) and Marcella (16.)

The past few years have been eventful in James Hetfield’s personal life. In September 2019, the Metallica frontman re-entered rehab. At the time, the band was forced to postpone a then-upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. They issued a statement saying, “As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again…We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.”

Lars Ulrich would share in an October 2019 interview with USA Today, “[James is] doing what he needs to; he’s in the process of healing himself.” Ulrich added, “I think the biggest surprise is just how positive the feedback has been from our fans and friends and peers alike. It’s very heartwarming, and it’s just blown our minds how much love and appreciation and support we’ve gotten in the last week since we had to postpone this. It’s an incredible thing.”

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.