Marcella Francesca Hetfield: Interesting Facts About Francesca Hetfield’s Daughter

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Marcella Francesca Hetfield: Interesting Facts About Francesca Hetfield’s Daughter
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Marcella Francesca Hetfield is a 21-year-old daughter of the heavy metal band, Metallica’s frontman, James Hetfield, and his longtime partner and wife, Francesca Tomasi Hetfield.

Marcella is the youngest child of the Argentinian-born American, Francesca, and her rockstar husband, James Hetfield. She was born in the early 2000s. While James although private in his personal life, does appear among the media on a few or two occasions, his children and wife, have almost always remained concealed.

And even among them, Marcella’s the one who has strongly stayed detached from the stage or the celebrity fame. Read what she does if not working for the glare of publicity; scroll through her childhood, her current pursuits, and even her boyfriend.

Marcella Francesca Hetfield Is a Californian By Birth

Marcella Francesca Hetfield was born on January 17, 2002, in San Francisco, California. The Gen Z celebrity daughter though also spent some years in her mother’s hometown, Vail, Colorado.

She reportedly still splits her time between Vail and California. During her birth, Marcella weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and 21 1/4 inches.

Marcella Francesca Hetfield’s Father James Hetfield Was Present At Her Birth

Among the three kids of the Master Of Puppets singer, James was present only at Marcella’s birth. It was only hers that the multiple Grammy winner got to cut the umbilical cord off.

Childhood photo of Marcella Francesca Hetfield with her father James Hetfield & mother Francesca Tomasi Hetfield in April 2009
Marcella Francesca Hetfield in the middle with her father and Metallica’s lead vocalist, James Hetfield, and her mother, Francesca Tomasi at Public Hall in April 2009. Getty

The Downey-born heavy metal singer says his second daughter pretty much glued his family back together; prior to that, he used to be very absent from the family.

After Marcella’s birth, Hetfield also stopped going hunting as he felt it just wasn’t worth it. James often referred to his third child as ‘my little angel.’

A Bit About Marcella’s Parents; When Did They Meet Each Other?

Marcella’s parents, James Hetfield and Francesca Tomasi married each other in Aug 1997. They met when Francesca was working as a wardrobe manager for Metallica’s tours. They apparently started dating around the year 1992.

Marcella Hetfield with her parents and siblings
Marcella Francesca Hetfield in the middle with her father and heavy metal artist, James Hetfield, mother, Francesca, sister, Cali, and brother, Castor in Feb 2012. Getty

The couple after their wedding would have three children including Marcella. The family has been living in California for decades with occasional vacations in the hometown of Marcella’s mother, Vail.

Marcella Francesca Hetfield Instagram Says She Has A Boyfriend

Marcella does have a boyfriend or at least someone special. The youngest kid of James and his wife, however, hasn’t said much about her partner, who goes by the Ig handle, citydogdoctor (real name allegedly, Alex Yelamos). Hetfield first shared his picture with her Instagram followers on May 24, 2020.

James Hetfield's daughter, Marcella is dating a boyfriend, Alex Yelamos;
Marcella – first time sharing the image of her boyfriend, Alex in May 2020.

Sharing the picture of a guy from the back, who seems like Yelamos, Marcella, in the caption wrote, “dog date.” Included in the post was a couple of more images though none had the front of her then rumored boyfriend.

Then two months later on July 26, Marcella yet again introduced Yelamos to her Ig fans. Only this time she preferred to show a clear-cut image of his face. The 20 years old metal man’s daughter’s still alleged partner then had blonde hair. The big revelation came in Oct 2020 when Marcella confessed her love for Yelamos with her almost 5k Instagram followers.

Marcella Francesca Hetfield Wishes Her Boyfriend, Alex His Birthday Via Insta
Marcella – confesses her love for her boyfriend, Alex on her Instagram in October 2020.

This installment of Francesca’s daughter featured a series of her partner’s pictures in addition to a side text that read

Happy birthday to my favorite person (a classic red heart emoticon) I love you…

This line from Marcella was seemingly more than enough for her followers to see she really had some serious thing going on with the guy.

Since the aforesaid post, Alex would make several appearances on Marcella’s other Instagram posts. And has continued to do so. In fact, he presumedly is the guy behind the camera for most of the young adult’s social media pictures.

Alex apparently is also a Colorado native. Though Marcella and Yelamos are yet to reveal when exactly they started dating.

Is Marcella Also A Singer Like Her Father, James Hetfield?

While Marcella has stepped on a stage alongside her father on a few or two occasions, she is yet to be seen dueting with the Enter Sandman singer or even holding a mic in front of the crowds for that matter.

In light of her somewhat low-keyed life when compared with her father and other family members, it is quite clear enough that the third child doesn’t have any affiliation to singing or performing. However, someone who is also an artist from the Hetfield family other than the patriarch is Marcella’s elder sister, Cali Hetfield.

Back in the summer of 2015, the Sad But True singer shocked San Francisco’s Masonic audience when he brought his daughter and Marcella’s sister, Cali to the stage and collaborated with her for the cover of an acoustic rendition of Adele’s Crazy For You.

The performance was for Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield’s second annual Acoustic 4 A Cure benefit concert.

Marcella’s elder sister, Cali was then 19 years old. On the night, the father-daughter duo providing their own musical talents to the 19-track was one of the many collaborations of the Acoustic 4 A Cure event.

Other such unexpected partnerships came from Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Linda Perry, Train’s Pat Monahan, Hagar’s Chickenfoot band mates, Joe Satriani, and even the Billy Madison actor, Adam Sandler.

She Once Had Stage Birthday During Metallica’s Concert

Being the daughter of one of the most popular stage artists, Marcella was destined to be on stage one way or the other. Although she may not be a performer or a singer, the natural blonde has taken center stage once alongside her father.

And it happened to be on her seventh birthday back in Jan 2009. On her birth anniversary, the thrash metal singer called his then-just-turned-seven year’s old daughter Marcella on stage mid-show and made the whole crowd wish her happy birthday.

After that, the now 59 years old promptly performed the classic, Seek and Destroy.

Does Marcella Francesca Hetfield Love/Listen To Her Father’s Song?

While Metallica’s fans have been spanning across multiple generations; people have kept on loving it from the time the band was formed to even in the 2020s.

And the Californian rockstar’s daughter, Marcella is no exception either. The 2002-born young adult reportedly does love her father’s work as an artist, revealed the former member of the Leather Charm himself in Dec 2010 while talking to Australia’s The 7 PM Project.

Marcella age is 20
20 years old James Hetfield’s daughter, Marcella Francesca Hetfield.

Back then James also said both of his daughters, Marcella and her elder sister, Cali were into pop music though they apparently also listened to their father’s music. Marcella during those times also tagged along on some of her father’s tours.

The Randall Amplifiers user additionally mentioned how after his kids were big enough to understand the lyrics, the shows of Metallica started to become more family-friendly.

James at the time also confessed how he had stopped singing the band’s obscenity-themed cover of the ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE after he became the father of Marcella, Cali, and Castor.

Her Siblings

Marcella’s brother, Castor Virgil Hetfield much like his father is also a singer and is the lead singer of the hard rock band from Georgia, Bastardane. The group released its debut album in March 2022.

From right, James Hetfield's daughter, Marcella, her sister, Cali Hetfield, and her brother, Castor Hetfield.
Metallica lead vocalist, James Hetfield’s youngest daughter, Marcella with her elder sister, Cali, and her elder brother, Castor.

Likewise, the Californian’s elder sister, Cali Tee Hetfield is also an artist; it though is unclear if she has ever pursued it professionally like her father and brother.

During her birth, Marcella’s eldest sister, Cali was three years old while her elder brother, Castor was 20 months old.

How Rich Are Marcella Hetfield’s Parents, James, And Francesca?

With a staggering net worth of over $300 million, there’s no denying, that Marcella’s father belongs to the super-rich artists league.

Despite not being the wealthiest man in Metallica, James is anything but a mediocre artist in terms of financial stature with his fortune, art collection worth tens of millions of dollars, and several acres of properties across the states.

Though whether or not Marcella’s Argentinian-American mother is a millionaire herself, is a bit of a tough nut to crack. While she certainly lives an above-the-average life, what she has earned on her own has always been a mystery. Speculations-wise, she nonetheless, very well might be a woman with a net worth of at least hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Marcella Francesca Hetfield Other Facts

  • Marcella is also a registered voter listed at 100 E Meadow Dr #30 Vail, Co though she is yet to have a political affiliation.
  • The young lady with almost 5000 Instagram followers has an online apparel store in Depop, a peer-to-peer social e-commerce company based in London. The business also has offices in Manchester, Milan, and New York City.
  • As a child, the now 20 years old also took lessons in ballet and horse riding. Her singer and guitarist father once said he really struggled with taking his daughter to all those classes versus his Metallica shows.


Narayan Shankar, who goes by the name David, is a seasoned writer and editor, who has a passion for covering the entertainment industry. He has years of experience writing content, especially in the entertainment niche. He is currently an editor and writer for along with other websites under our organization named Pandora Group of Companies.