Who Is James Hetfield’s Wife Francesca Hetfield?

Francesca Hetfield is the wife of James Hetfield, a legendary American rock musician. She is also the mother of their three children. Francesca was previously a costumier in James’ rock band named Metallica before she and James took a liking to each other, fell in love, and got married.

Aside from having the titular celebrity wife status, Francesca has been very instrumental in the success of her husband’s music career. From helping him break his alcohol drinking problem, putting up with his highly demanding recording and touring schedules, to running their home and looking after their kids. Francesca Hetfield has been through it and there’s even more!

Summary of Francesca Hetfield’s Biography 

  • Full Name: Francesca Tomasi Hetfield
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 27th January 1970
  • Francesca Hetfield’s Age: 52 years old
  • Ethnicity: Hispanic
  • Nationality: Argentine-American
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Francesca Hetfield’s Husband: James Hetfield
  • Francesca Hetfield’s Children: Cali Tee Hetfield, Castor Virgil Hetfield, and Marcella Francesca Hetfield
  • Francesca Hetfield’s Height in Inches: 5 feet 9 inches
  • Francesca Hetfield’s Height in Centimetres: 175 cm
  • Francesca Hetfield’s Weight: 59 kg (128 lbs)
  • Body measurements in Inches: 38-26-36 inches
  • Body measurements in Centimeters: 97-66-91 cm
  • Francesca Hetfield’s Net Worth: $1 million (estimated)
  • Famous for: James Hetfield’s wife

Francesca Hetfield was Born in Argentina But Relocated to America Early in Her Life

Before the fame and public admiration that came with being James Hetfield’s partner, Francesca Hetfield was born an Argentine in Rosario, the largest city in the central Argentina province of Santa Fe on January 27, 1970.

She was partly raised in her Argentine hometown where she had her elementary schooling before she relocated to America and finished her high school at Overland High School, in Aurora, Colorado, the United States of America in the 80s. This means that she migrated to America quite early in her life and attained American citizenship over time.

Details of her childhood life like what she loved doing as a child, her parents, and whether or not she has siblings, have not been made public. Some new reports have it that she has Italian roots owing to her maiden name Tomasi but this has not been verified.

Be that as it may, it is assumed that Francesca had a pleasant childhood, especially following her relocation to America with her family. It was also in America that she attended college before venturing into costume designing.

She First Worked as a Security Guard Before Becoming Metallic’s Costumier

Francesca Hetfield didn’t land a job in her dream career from the get-go. She started off as a security guard and later as a waitress in Denver before getting a more dignified job as a costumier for Metallica; a music band that her soon-to-be vocalist/guitarist husband had co-founded with drummer Lars Ulrich in 1981.

As the band’s costume designer, Francesca was charged with the responsibility of selecting the band’s costumes for their concerts and would often liaise with other members of the band to make sure that they were all in sync for every outing.

She contributed in no small way to the success of the band especially during their 14-month Wherever We May Roam music tour from August 1991 to December 1992 across American and European cities. While discharging her duties as diligently as it demands, it wasn’t too long before James Hetfield took note of her and the two became close pals.

Francesca Dated James Hetfield for 5 Years Before Marrying Him in 1997

What with the closeness she shared with James Hetfield as Metallica’s costume designer, Francesca Tomasi didn’t have to wait forever before she became Mrs. Hetfield. The duo began dating in 1992 and 5 years later, she became a lot more than Metallica’s costumier to James. But it wasn’t a jolly ride into matrimony for the Argentine-born Francesca.

During the 5 years of their dating, she had to put up with James’ rockstar life characterized by grueling rehearsals with his bandmates, demanding recording sessions, and grueling touring schedules. All these, directly and indirectly, threatened their love life as Francesca was no longer seeing James as her boss but someone she would have to spend the rest of her life with if and only if she could stomach having a husband whose time is unequally divided between his family and career.

The Couple Had a Low Key Marriage Ceremony Despite Their Celebrity Status

Being resolved that James Hetfield was the man for her, Francesca Tomasi accepted his marriage proposal and the two began looking forward to the first day of their “forever together.” James was already a big star at the time but instead of hosting a wedding that would be the talk of the town, the duo instead opted for a quiet marriage ceremony that was held on 17th August 1997 after which they left for their honeymoon and returned to formally start living as husband and wife.

They have been going at it for 24 years now with 3 children and almost no marriage controversy. Except for James Hetfield’s drinking problems, the marriage can be termed remarkably successful as the couple has hardly ever been dragged in the mud either by themselves or by an outsider. As their kids are growing, a lot of attention is already being given to them seeing how remarkably famous and successful their parents are.

Meet James Hetfield and Francesca Hetfield’s Three Children

James Hetfield and Francesca Hetfield’s first child was a baby girl who was followed by their first and only son before they had their youngest and third child; also a baby girl.

Cali Tee Hetfield

  • Date of birth: 13th June 1998
  • Age: 23 years old

Cali Tee was born on June 13, 1998, in San Francisco, California, United States of America. She is growing rapidly into a celebrity and has already shown her inclination to music. On a few occasions, she has been seen performing with her father.

One of such was during the second annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert back in 2015 where they performed Adele’s Crazy for You. Seeing the talent she exudes already as a singer, it could be that Cali will take after her father in music.

Castor Virgil Hetfield

  • Date of birth: May 18th, 2000
  • Age: 22 years old

Castor Virgil Hetfield, the second child of James Hetfield and Francesca Hetfield, was also born in was born in San Francisco, California. He is also passionate about music like his famous father and sister. He is currently 22 years old and has already set up an American rock band named Reckless.

Reports have it that he was 9 years old when he began learning how to play the piano and as he got older, he started trying out his sister’s drums before he transitioned to playing guitar at 14. Needless to say, it won’t be surprising to see him pursue a career in music in the years to come.

Marcella Francesca Hetfield

  • Date of birth: 17th January 2002
  • Age: 20 years old

Marcella is the youngest of the Hetfield children. She was born on the 17th of January 2002 in San Francisco, California, and is currently 20 years old. She was named Francesca as an honor to her mother. Of the three Hetfield children, Marcella is said to be the closest to James

What Does Francesca Hetfield Do Now for a Living?

Prior to her marriage to James Hetfield, Francesca Hetfield had a career as her husband’s band costume designer, and even prior to this, she worked as a security guard and later on a waitress before she apparently landed her dream job. In the years that followed after her marriage, she was no longer actively working as a costume designer for Metallica and the reason for this was to concentrate on raising her kids seeing that her husband was always on-the-go.

The Hetfield children are a bit grown up now but Francesca has not made a return to her career. Thus it is not yet known what she does now for a living but knowing that she has always been her husband’s support system, Francesca is probably doing a lot more aiding James’ career than a regular job would have permitted her.


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