• Francesca Hetfield is an American costume designer, born in Rosario, Argentina
• She became famous through her marriage to James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist of Metallica
• She attended Overland High School, specializing in costume design, and worked as a wardrobe assistant for Metallica
• She and James have 3 children and currently live in Vail, Colorado
• She has an estimated net worth of $300 million shared with her husband
Francesca Hetfield is an American costume designer born on January 27, 1970 in Rosario, Argentina. She became famous through her marriage to Metallica’s singer and guitarist James Hetfield.
Although Francesca Hetfield (née Tomasi) was born in South America, she and her family moved to the US when she was a child, and grew up in Vail, Colorado. However, further information about her family is not known.
Because Francesca doesn’t offer many interviews, details about her early life are hard to come by. Despite this, her husband called James Hetfield during one conversation in 2016 that she had experienced difficult experiences in her early life: “she was also the invisible child,” he noted, as it related to his own personal story: “we are both survivors.”
Francesca Hetfield attended Overland High School, graduating in the late 1980s. Later she specialized in costume design.
While Francesca Hetfield initially worked as a security guard in Denver, she later looked for a job that required her to travel. It was then that she was hired as part of the staff of the heavy metal band Metallica, on their “Wherever I May Roam” promotional tour in the early 1990s.
Francesca worked for several years as a costume designer and wardrobe assistant for the members of the band. However, further details about her current profession and professional interests are not known.
Marriage & Family
Francesca met her husband-to-be, James Hetfield, when she was working as a wardrobe designer for Metallica. They began dating shortly after meeting, although James himself has admitted that his behavior early in their relationship was “embarrassing” for both of them, as he was prone to destructive and impulsive tendencies.
Francesca however helped James to leave these traits behind and overcome his toxic behavior, “she matured me quite a bit,” he later said. After a five-year relationship, Francesca and James married on August 17, 1997. They welcomed their eldest daughter, Cali Tee, on June 13, 1998, and their son Castor Virgil was born on May 18, 2000. Their youngest daughter Marcella Francesca was born on 17 January 2002.
Francesca Hetfield, her husband and children currently live in her hometown of Vail, Colorado. The family moved there in 2016 after getting fed up with the hectic lifestyle of their previous Bay Area home in California.
Francesca’s husband James also said he prefers to live in Colorado because it allows him to enjoy the outdoors, be closer to nature, and keeps him away from “elitism”: “I got a little tired of the Bay Area, the attitude of the people there, a little.”
He pointed out that despite his love of the ocean, he couldn’t live there anymore: “(I started) feeling like I was fighting all the time, and I just had to get out of my head. So Colorado does it for me.”
The Hetfield’s new home in Vail is also a good fit for his family, especially for Francesca who has moved back to her hometown after more than two decades. In addition to adopting a simple lifestyle, the Hetfield family also often visits Argentina, staying at Francesca’s family’s farm in La Patagonia.
Who is Francesca’s Husband James Hetfield?
The main reason why Francesca has become famous is for being married to James Hetfield, who is best known as the singer and guitarist of Metallica. He was born on August 3, 1863 in Downey, California.
James Hetfield’s childhood was unusual in many ways.
His family practiced Christian Science, which meant they rejected the use of modern medicine as they strongly believed in the power of their faith to cure any kind of disease. James’ father Virgil Lee Hetfield – who worked as a truck driver – left the family when his son was 13 years old.
Leaving Virgil had a big impact on James. As he confirmed Playboy in 2001 he didn’t even know his parents had separated until years later his mother told him the true nature of his father’s lengthy ‘business trip’: ‘It was hidden that he was gone. In the end my mom said ‘daddy’s not coming back’ and that was quite difficult.’
James’ mother, Cynthia Bassett, is a former opera singer – sadly she died of cancer when her son was 16 years old. She was diagnosed with this disease two years before her death, although she never received treatment as dictated by the rules of her religion. James then stayed behind with David, his older half-brother.
Despite the struggles of his early years, James was driven by music from childhood. After learning to play the piano at the age of nine, he subsequently also learned to play drums and guitar. James was a loyal fan of Aerosmith, a band he first saw in concert in 1978. The experience was unforgettable for him as it became his source of inspiration and the reason he decided to choose music as his career.
James Hetfield attended Downey High School until his sophomore year and left when his mother Cynthia died. He eventually graduated from Brea Olinda High School in 1981.
In April 1981, James answered an ad from drummer Lars Ulrich, stating that he was looking for people to form a band. James was immediately recruited by Lars and just six months after their first meeting, Metallica – with the addition of other members – was officially formed.
The band’s first song entitled “Hit the Lights” was included in the compilation album “Metal Massacre” – in this song James was credited as the rhythm guitarist, bassist and vocalist. Metallica’s first demo was called “Power Metal”, which also helped the band gain popularity in the eponymous metal subgenre during their early years. In 1984 people started calling their sound thrash metal.
Metallica planned to release their first album “Metal Up Your Ass” in May 1983, but their label Megaforce Records rejected the name and forced them to change it. The album was finally released in June of that year under the title “Kill ‘Em All”, followed shortly by “Ride The Lightning”. Both productions helped the band gain recognition in the metal scene and caught the attention of major music labels.
— Metallica (@Metallica) December 2, 2020
After the release of “Creeping Death” as a single in November 1984, Metallica embarked on their first international tour in Europe. Then, in March 1986, the band released “Masters of Puppets”, which became a certified gold album later that year, and then toured the US, but when James’s wrist was injured, his guitar playing was temporarily replaced by John’s Marshal.
In 1988, Metallica released their next album “…And Justice For All”, which earned them their first Grammy Award nomination and their first number one on Billboard.
Metallica released their next albums “Load” in 1996 and “Reload” the following year, but it was only after several years without new music that the band released the album “St. Anger” in 2003, which was followed five years later by “Death”. Magnetic’.
In 2009, the band was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Metallica’s latest album “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” was released in 2016.
Battle with addictions
In addition to dealing with anger issues, James Hetfield struggled with addictions for several years, which has led him to enter rehab programs twice in his life.
In 2001, he went hunting to Siberia and was absent for his son’s birthday. This journey was driven by his lack of self-control due to alcoholism. It also caused his wife Francesca to throw him out of the house when he returned from his trip.
James found himself living alone and away from his family and sought professional help: “Fear was a big motivator for me in that. Losing my family was what scared me so much, that was the low point.”
While Francesca’s decision may seem difficult to some, it helped James step out of his addiction path for which he is grateful: ‘She has ridden the big waves with me. We went through some extremely difficult things and came out stronger. She’s always attached to me.’
After rehab, James was able to mend his relationship with Francesca and the rest of his family. He has also declared himself as straight X, a move that kept him from his alcoholism for years. Unfortunately, in 2019, James reverted to his old habits with his addiction, which led him to return to rehab and Cancel Metallica’s tour of Australia.
To the delight of his fans, James overcame his addiction again and made a public appearance in January 2020.
How much is Francesca Hetfield worth?
Francesca has an estimated net worth of $300 million which is her shared heritage with her husband James Hetfield.
Francesca Hetfield is a beautiful woman of white ethnicity. She has blond hair, green eyes and a slim build. Her height and weight are unknown.
According to the statements of her husband, James, he felt she was right for him when he met her: “I knew she was brought to me to help me get out of this hell hole. And she did.’
Apparently neither Francesca nor the rest of her family have any public social media accounts.
James Hetfield adopted Francesca’s native Argentina’s tradition of drinking mate.