James Hetfield’s ex-wife, Francesca Hetfield Biography: Net Worth, Age, Height, Instagram, Documentaries, Children

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye January 30, 2024

Francesca Hetfield is a talented costume designer who has worked with some of the most famous rock bands in the world, including Metallica, her ex-husband’s band.

She is also a media personality who has appeared in several documentaries and projects related to Metallica and the music industry.

She is known for her elegant and creative style and her supportive and loving relationship with James Hetfield, the lead vocalist and co-founder of Metallica, until their divorce in 2023.


  • Full name: Francesca Hetfield
  • Birth name: Francesca Tomasi
  • Date of birth: January 27, 1970
  • Age: 53 years old
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of birth: Rosario, Argentina
  • Nationality: Argentine-American
  • Profession: Costume designer, media personality
  • Height: 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm)
  • Parents: N/A
  • Siblings: N/A
  • Spouse: James Hetfield (m. 1997; div. 2023)
  • Children: Castor Virgil Hetfield, Marcella Francesca Hetfield, Cali Tee Hetfield
  • Relationship status: Divorced
  • Net worth: $3.5 million

Early Life & Education

Francesca Hetfield, currently 53, was born on January 27, 1970, in Rosario, Argentina. Her birth name is Francesca Tomasi.

She moved to the United States with her family when she was young and attended Overland High School in Colorado.

She became interested in fashion and design early and pursued her passion by studying costume design at the University of Colorado.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and started her career as a costume designer for various theater and film productions.

Personal Life

Francesca Hetfield met James Hetfield in 1992 when she was working as a costume designer for Metallica, one of the most successful and influential heavy metal bands of all time.

They fell in love and married in 1997 in a private ceremony in Las Vegas. They have three children: Castor Virgil, born in 2000; Marcella Francesca, born in 2002; and Cali Tee, born in 2004.

They lived on a ranch in Vail, Colorado, where they enjoyed a peaceful and happy family life. Francesca Hetfield was a supportive and loyal wife to James Hetfield, who struggled with alcoholism and addiction for many years.

She helped him overcome his demons and encouraged him to seek professional help and therapy.

She also joined him in his philanthropic and environmental causes, such as the All Within My Hands Foundation, which supports education and hunger relief.

Francesca Hetfield and James Hetfield were considered one of the most solid and loving couples in the rock music scene until they shocked their fans and the public by announcing their divorce in 2023 after 26 years of marriage.

The reason for their split is unknown, but they stated that they remain friends and co-parents to their children.


Francesca Hetfield is a renowned costume designer who has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Metallica, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, and others.

She is responsible for creating and designing the outfits and accessories the musicians wear on stage, in music videos, and in photo shoots.

She is known for her innovative and original style, which reflects the personality and image of the artists. She has also collaborated with other costume designers, such as Colleen Atwood, who won an Academy Award for her work on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, featuring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

Francesca Hetfield is also a media personality who has appeared in several documentaries and projects related to Metallica and the music industry, such as Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Red Til I’m Dead: Sammy Hagar’s Rock-N-Roll Birthday Bash, and others.

She has shared her insights and experiences as a costume designer and as the wife of James Hetfield, as well as her views on music, fashion, and life.

Net Worth

According to multiple sources, Francesca Hetfield has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million. She has earned wealth from her successful career as a costume designer and a media personality.

She has also received substantial money from her divorce settlement with James Hetfield, who has a net worth of USD 300 million.

Social Media

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Francesca Hetfield has appeared in the following documentaries and projects as herself:

  • Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
  • Red Til I’m Dead: Sammy Hagar’s Rock-N-Roll Birthday Bash
  • Metallica: WorldWired Tour Live in Manchester, England
  • Metallica: WorldWired Tour Live in Prague, Czech Republic

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