Blink-182's Mark Hoppus Calls Tom DeLonge Split a "Friendly Divorce"
Published May 27, 2015The last few months have seen a very public break-up between the members of Blink-182 as the millionaire pop punk players have parted ways. Though Tom DeLonge claims he never really quit, both Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker admitted he hasn't been feeling this for a while. Now, Hoppus has explained that they're in the middle of parting ways for good.
In a recent interview with Das Process [via NME], Hoppus practically said the band is in the midst of a conscious uncoupling. "We are right now going through what so far has been a friendly divorce with our former guitarist," he said. "Hopefully things clear up and it doesn't get all managery and lawyery and all that and we can move forward."
It seems hard to imagine things won't get "managery and lawyery" when you're dealing with two decades of hit-making pop songs and warehouses full of neon T-shirts with offset silkscreen logos, but Hoppus added that "the love is still there" between him and his alien-fearing former bandmate.
"Tom was my best friend for years and years and 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?" he said. "We've been in the same van and bus and aeroplane and backstage room and stage for twenty something years."
Blink-182's latest iteration, which features Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba dressing and singing like Tom DeLonge, are currently considering a trip to the studio, where they hope to record a new album.
For what it's worth, DeLonge won't be sitting idly. He's turned his recent To the Stars... solo album into a full-fledged lifestyle brand and media company. He also has about a billion other projects in the works.