James Hetfield says the support he's received "means a lot" as he battles "alcoholism and other addictions"...

METALLICA frontman JAMES HETFIELD has spoken for the first time about his admission into rehab, and has thanked fans for their support.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Metallica postponed recording on their new album while Hetfield entered a rehabilitation facility for “alcoholism and other addictions”.

Now, MTV news reports that Hetfield has posted a short message on the band’s fanclub website at

He said: “It took a lot for me to admit to my problems. It’s a great feeling to have the support and comfort for me as a person from all the friends I’ve made out there. Thanks very much, it means a lot.”

The band had been working on new material over recent months as a three-piece, following the departure of bassist Jason Newsted after 14 years.

However, the band have “postponed all current activities” while Hetfield receives help for his addictions at an undisclosed facility.