The legendary frontman and co-founder of Metallica, James Hetfield has talked about how he was affected by the global pandemic and what he’s been doing since the outbreak while referring to his mental health aftermath of everything.

As you may know, in addition to the global crisis now, the last few years have been going really hard for James Hetfield. The iconic musician went into rehab in 2019, stating that he’s been struggling with addiction on and off for many years.

Postponed their tour of Australia and New Zealand at this period, the band announced that, as soon as health and schedule permits, they intend to come back. After Hetfield went out of the treatment program through the end of the year, the world faced with a collective health problem, COVID-19.

Amid these issues, including the personal and global, James Hetfield returned to his hometown, Colorado. Has been maintaining a natural and cozy life there, he has recently given an interview, which was released on the official website of the band.

James explained that COVID is certainly not welcomed all around the world since it brought death, economic problems, and some drastic changes in life. Resetting a metronome that works for himself, Hetfield said that he felt depressed after all and recognized it’s okay to feel that way.

The legend added that he has also found the opportunity to stop the circus of what’s going on with touring and the band while spending more time with his family, as well as his community there in Colorado. Hetfield said he’s been compensating the past he felt guilty for not paying enough attention to his family.

Here’s what James Hetfield said about COVID-19:

“Right. Well, COVID is certainly not welcomed. A pandemic is not welcomed. People are hurting. People are dying. There’s lots of people struggling, really, really struggling with funds, wherever they’re living, they can’t afford things anymore.

Lives are changing drastically. So I don’t mean to sound cold about it, but for me personally, it’s been really helpful to slow down, stop the work, stop the circus of what’s going on with touring and band and all of that stuff, family struggles as well.

So it’s really good to have time to just be. To just be. Not have to have an agenda, but just to chill, to soak up life on life’s terms, to plug into my community here in Colorado.”

He continued:

“That’s definitely one thing that has been difficult for me to have [in the past] because of coming and going every few weeks, not really being able to plug into any commitments or say, ‘Hey, let’s do this once a week,’ or get together and barbecue, have a cigar pit or whatever, those weekly things that people get to do.

I was not able to do those and now I am. I’ve built a really cool community of friends, true, unconditionally loving friends, and I would not have had that if I didn’t have this time.”

Hetfield also detailed his living in his hometown and said:

“When I’d come home and you know, I’d get a couple weeks at home, and Francesca, my wife, has got things planned out: ‘Here’s the friends we’re hanging with,’ and I’d just kinda jump right into that.

It’d take a week to even say ‘hi,’ to even want to come off the couch and say ‘hi.’ I’m noticing a lot more since I’ve been away from it and stepped back, big picture-wise, those transitions between road and home have been more difficult than I really had at first imagined.

I guess I’ve only been doing it for 40 years, but [I’m] just recognizing it now, seeing how difficult it is, and being okay with it. Because I felt so guilty that I only had two weeks at home and you have to just plug right in or else, and I would, you know, kinda go off the rails. So, yeah, just a different type of self-care now.”

When asked if he has found a new rhythm to make it all work, Hetfield said:

“Yeah, and to recognize that it’s okay that I’m, say, feeling depressed, and get depressed. You get depressed after tours. Or get anxious before a tour starts.”

You can check out the rest of the interview here.