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Hetfield Talks About Mental Health Struggles

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has anxiety, just like the rest of us.

During the band’s show in Brazil last week, he told the crowd, “I’ve got to tell you, I wasn’t feeling very good before I came out here. Feeling a little bit insecure, like, ‘I’m an old guy, can’t play anymore,’ all this bulls**t that I tell myself in my head.

Hetfield said his bandmates got him through, which led to a group hug on stage with drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo.

Hetfield had tears in his eyes when he explained, “And seeing you out there, I am not alone. I am not alone, and neither are you.”

How do you cope when you feel insecure?



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