January 28, 2015


Tom DeLonge on Blink-182 Exit: "This Makes Me Really Sad"

Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty Images
Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty Images

Two days ago, a note circulated on the Internet saying that Tom DeLonge, Blink-182 guitarist and cofounder, had left the group. It gave every pop-punk kid cause to freak out—we're pretty sure actual vigils were held in Southern California. DeLonge quickly attempted to clear things up on Facebook, saying he never quit the band, that they'd just always been "dysfunctional." Rolling Stone called up Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, who were pretty open about the ordeal, saying Tom was "ungrateful" and "disingenuous." 

On Tuesday night, DeLonge had more to say, this time in a lengthy Facebook post. "Where to begin? The truth is always a good place. Let’s go there. I love Blink and am incredibly grateful for having it in my life. It has given me everything. EVERYTHING. I started this band, it was in my garage where I dreamed up the mischief."

The letter goes on (it's essay-length), concluding with Tom apologizing to fans. 

"At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad. Sad for us. Sad for you—that you’re witnessing this immaturity. I know them very well, and their current actions are defensive and divisive. I suppose they’re doing this as a way to protect themselves from being hurt. Like we all do. And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday. Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit."

The full note is available here.