A new update in the public he said/he said among the members of Blink-182: He — Delonge, that is — says despite what Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker are saying, he “never planned on leaving the band.”
To backtrack: Blink released a statement on Monday announcing that Delonge was leaving the band. Delonge quickly said that isn’t the case. Then, in a rather irate interview with Rolling Stone, Hoppus and Barker called Delonge out for being “disingenuous” and “ungrateful,” saying his camp made it clear that he “was out” and had no intentions of recording anything further with them.
In a lengthy and emotional letter posted to Facebook on Tuesday, Delonge not only denied the claims they made in Rolling Stone, but said they “poisoned” their relationship when they announced his departure without his knowledge. While he admitted that other commitments like Angels & Airwaves kept him busy, he maintains he never said he was out. (In his words, “I told my manager that I will do Blink 182 as long as it was fun and worked with the other commitments in my life, including my family.”) He even says he tried to put together a band summit in Utah to “talk and work things out,” but it quickly turned into an “awkward meeting in a smelly convention hall dressing room.”
“Are they at fault? Am I? Of course. I’m nuts,” he wrote. “But there’s three of us – we’re all accountable. At the end of the day, we’ve always been dysfunctional, which is why we haven’t talked in months. But we never did. In the 8 years we have been together it has always been that way.”
See the full letter below.