Tom DeLonge Shuts Down Rumors He Quit Blink 182, Calls Group ‘Dysfunctional’
Tom DeLonge, Blink 182’s longtime singer and guitarist, denies that he quit the band ahead of its upcoming show.
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On Monday, Blink 182’s Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus released a statement through a publicist that stated DeLonge would be going on an indefinite hiatus to work on his other projects.
“We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason,” Hoppus and Barker said in the statement, according to L.A.’s KROQ-FM.
“A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from [Tom’s] manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors,” the statement went on. “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”
Hoppus and Barker also revealed that Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba would be replacing DeLonge for the upcoming 8th Annual Musink Music and Tattoo Festival.
However, later on Monday, DeLonge took to Instagram to refute the reports that he’d turned his back on the band.
“To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in,” he wrote on. “Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional — yes. But, Christ…..#Awkward #BabyBackRibs.”