LOS ANGELES - 2011: Band Blink 182 poses for a publicity photo shoot at the Sound Matrix Studio for their album, Neighborhood
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By now, we've nearly accepted a world where Blink-182 is without Tom DeLonge and potentially permanently replaced by Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba. But just in case fans (i.e. us) were holding their breath for a reunion, Mark Hoppus made the situation crystal clear in a new interview. The bassist says the band is "going through what, so far, has been a friendly divorce" with their guitarist, while revealing more details about the messy split.

According to Hoppus, it was 100 percent up to DeLonge to depart: 

"This time when we got the call that Tom was out and that he didn't want to do Blink anymore, it was almost like, 'Oh, okay.' I was crushed because we were set to go into the studio and we were set to do all these things and I was bummed that Tom doesn't want to do Blink. It's like, man, you have this huge, beautiful thing that we spent 20 years building and you just walk away from it?"

Hoppus added that it was nearly a relief that DeLonge wanted out after the Angels & Airwaves singer would repeatedly delay Blink's studio work.

Bitterness aside, Hoppus does seem to have found peace, likening the situation to outgrowing an old friend:

"Tom was my best friend for years and years. The thing is, if you think about the people that you were friends with at the end of high school and the beginning of college…how many of those people are you still friends with? We've been in the same van and bus and airplane and backstage room and stage for 20-something years."

Makes sense, right? While the "friendly divorce" still saddens us, we're happy to hear things are moving forward for the respective parties. We'll continue holding back tears as we peep some of our favorite old snapshots of Mark, Tom and Travis: