This week all of our highschool hearts broke (again) watching the back-and-forth between Blink-182 band members Tom Delonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker as the pop punk trio disbanded over the internet. Shortly after Hoppus and Barker openly accused Delonge of being “ungrateful” and “disingenuous” to Rolling Stone, Tom took to Facebook to write an open letter to the fans.
“I love Blink and am incredibly grateful for having it in my life. It has given me everything. EVERYTHING,” Tom says. He continues to explain his side of the story of Blink’s downfall: the band summit he tried to plan, a failed EP, conflicts with Angels & Airwaves, emails between management, the lack of passion among members. He concludes by saying:
“At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad. Sad for us. Sad for you- that you’re witnessing this immaturity. I know them very well, and their current actions are defensive and divisive. I suppose they’re doing this as a way to protect themselves from being hurt. Like we all do. And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday. Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.”
Read the whole letter in Tom’s Facebook post below:
This is an end of an era for many of us. Will Tom get the last word? Will we have to update our Ridiculous Feuds in Music article? Or who knows – the Grammys are in two weeks, they might feel nostalgic and get back together (again).
So sorry it’s over.