Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker are pretty upset with their former band mate, Tom DeLonge — but it’s not for quitting Blink-182. It’s for making his team do the quitting for him. Ouch.
Blink-182 announced on Monday, Jan. 26, that Tom DeLonge, 39, was officially done with the band. Even though he was quick to deny the claim on social media, his former band mates, Travis Barker, 39, and Mark Hoppus, 42, revealed in a brand new interview that he really did quit — he just didn’t do it himself.
Blink-182 Slams Tom DeLonge For Quitting
Yikes. Blink-182’s remaining members, Mark and Travis, have really put Tom in their first interview after he quit the band.
“It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful,” Travis told Rolling Stone, referring to the band’s former co-lead vocalist, Tom.
“You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related,” Travis continued. “You have your manager do it.”
Mark and Travis revealed in their interview that Tom, technically, didn’t quit the band himself. His manager sent them an email saying, direct quote, “Tom. Is. Out.”
Blink-182 Had Problems With Tom For Years
Making matters even worse, both Mark and Travis explained that Tom has been giving them grief for years. In fact, they explained that they have been desperate to record a new album together for two year — but Tom refused to do so without a record label, meaning he didn’t want to put any of his own money into their work.
“It feels humiliating to be in a band where you have to be apologizing for one person all the time. That’s how it’s felt for a long time,” Mark said in a brutally honest statement.
Mark also explained that it was a “gigantic relief” when they found out Tom was out, because he and Travis were finally able to move on and start recording — even if it would be on their own.
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— Lauren Cox