Blink-182 going through "friendly divorce" with Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus confirms
Blink-182 are going through a "friendly divorce" with Tom DeLonge, co-frontman Mark Hoppus has confirmed.
The pop-punk trio had a very public fall out earlier this year when Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker issued a statement saying that DeLonge was no longer part of the band, only for DeLonge to deny that hours later.
After a raft of subsequent interviews and a string of new live dates with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba taking DeLonge's place, Hoppus has now confirmed that the pop punk trio are ready to make the split permanent.
He told Das Process: "We are right now going through what so far has been a friendly divorce with our former guitarist. Hopefully things clear up and it doesn’t get all managery and lawyery and all that and we can move forward."
Hoppus also spoke about his personal relationship with DeLonge, adding that it was reasonably amicable. He said: "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? We’ve been in the same van and bus and aeroplane and backstage room and stage for twenty something years."
Blink-182's last album Neighborhoods was released in 2011. They currently have no live dates scheduled.