Why James Hetfield Was Kicked Out Of The House By His Wife?


Metallica frontman James Hetfield opened up about his sobriety after his longtime addiction during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast and apparently, his biggest motivation was his family, especially when his wife Francesca Hetfield kicked him out of their house.

As many of you know, James Hetfield has struggled with addiction problems for a long time until he entered a rehab program and began maintaining total abstinence from alcohol in 2001. However, Hetfield once again entered rehab, forcing Metallica to cancel their Australia/New Zealand leg of the WorldWired Tour in 2019. During an interview couple of years back, Hetfield himself revealed that he has been sober for 15 years now thanks to his wife.

Metallica lead vocalist has been married to Francesca Hetfield since August 12, 1997, and the lovely couple has three children together, Calii Tee Hetfield, Castor Virgil Hetfield, and Marcella Francesca Hetfield.  During an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, Hetfield stated that his wife had helped him to mature and learn to deal with his anger issues more constructively.

On top of helping him grow into a more mature and calm person, Francesca also helped James Hetfield to overcome his addiction problems as James revealed during a recent interview. Apparently, James’ biggest motivation was fear back then, the fear of losing his family because of his addiction helped him throughout his rehab process.

Metallica frontman’s wife kicked him out of their house as a strict warning and it was the wake-up call for James Hetfield as he was extremely scared, therefore, managed to clean himself. According to Hetfield, his wife did the right thing by scaring him and leaving him with fear since it shook him deeply and it was the solution to his problems.

Here is what James Hetfield said:

“Fear was a big motivator in that for me. Losing my family, that was the thing that scared me so much, that was the bottom I hit, that my family is going to go away because of my behaviors that I brought home from the road. I got kicked out of my house by my wife, I was living on my own somewhere, I did not want that. Maybe as part of my upbringing, my family kind of disintegrated when I was a kid. Father left, mother passed away, had to live with my brother, and then kind of just, where did my stuff go? It just kind of floated away, and I do not want that happening. No matter what’s going on, we’re going to talk this stuff out and make it work.

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.”

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