The iconic drummer of Metallica, Lars Ulrich, recently acknowledged having shared struggles with his bandmate and lead singer, James Hetfield, during a conversation with Metal Hammer. The two have been through a lot together, and it seems like they’re navigating similar challenges in their personal lives as well.
Hetfield had been candid about his mental health journey during a recent chat with Steffan Chirazi, opening up about the challenges he faced and how he sought help. The pandemic, despite its devastating impact, provided him with an opportunity to take a step back and focus on his well-being. He revealed that therapy, rehabilitation, and self-expression through writing and doodling had been essential tools in his recovery. Hetfield emphasized the importance of prioritizing one’s mental health and taking the time for self-care, even when it feels difficult amidst the chaos of life.
Ulrich’s recent statements resonate with Hetfield’s experiences. He admitted that, like his bandmate, he has his own insecurities and struggles with mental health. Ulrich expressed how, as a band member, parent, life-partner, and friend, he experiences both good days and days when he feels less than his best. This vulnerability highlights the fact that even rock stars are not immune to the challenges of life and mental health.
The drummer’s words on his and Hetfield’s shared struggles:
“He’s [James Hetfield] doing great. Like all of us… Do I have my own worries and insecurities? Of course. I have good days, as a band member, as a parent, as a life-partner, a song, a friend. Then I have other days where I feel like a f*cking idiot or a loser or my head is not screwed on straight, I’m an a**hole or whatever.”
Lars Ulrich’s recent conversation with Metal Hammer sheds light on the similar struggles he shares with his fellow Metallica bandmate, James Hetfield. Both artists have been open about their challenges with mental health and the importance of self-care, providing inspiration and encouragement for others to do the same. It’s a powerful reminder that even our heroes are human and that vulnerability can be a source of strength.