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METALLICA's James Hetfield Believes "In A Higher Power"

Here's something interesting. James Hetfield has revealed a bit about his spirituality. Longtime Metallica fans know that Hetfield's parents were both Christian Scientists, who didn't believe in modern medicine or medical treatment.

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Hetfield watched his mother die from cancer for refusing treatment, and that anger stayed with him for a very long time, even making its way into early Metallica songs. But it seems once Hetfield got sober (he considers himself "reborn straight edge"), he found a new appreciation for spirituality.

In a recent interview with France's Clique, Hetfield was asked if he believed in God:

"I believe in a higher power, yes. I don't know… he, she, it… whatever… I see it everywhere. It is everything to me. And if I choose to see it, it makes me feel better. If I think I can do better [laughs], it never works. [Laughs]"

When the interviewer followed up asking if this higher power saved him in his life, Hetfield responds:

"I believe so. I believe that a higher power, whatever it may be… Sometimes I think it's… 'Oh, it's my father coming back to help me,' or my mother, or somebody, or Cliff . It's all one anyway. So if I choose to see it… It shows up in my wife a lot. She will say, 'What are you doing? Don't do that.' That used to make me angry. 'Don't tell me what to do.' But, okay, I understand that something is here helping me. Something is saying… If I choose to hear it, then I choose to hear it. Sometimes I don't. But it's everywhere."

As somebody who considers themselves an atheist, I have no problem with this, nor is it really any of my business. Spirituality is something that is immensely personal, and it seems its gotten James to a great place in his life.

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