Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus has responded to former bandmate Tom DeLonge’s claims that they met each other after the pop-punk outfit released new single ‘Bored To Death’, their first since his departure.
The band released their comeback single ‘Bored To Death’ featuring Alkaline Trio vocalist Matt Skiba last week. Skiba replaced DeLonge last year. Their new album ‘California’ will follow on July 1. It’ll be their first record since 2011’s ‘Neighbourhoods’.
After the band’s new single aired online last week, DeLonge posted a message to Facebook (April 29) in which he claimed to have met up with Hoppus “yesterday” and drummer Travis Barker “the week before”. He added that he “actually talk[s] to Travis almost every day, now. In an odd way I’m almost closer to him more now than ever.”
DeLonge went on to say that he still has a “future” with the band “if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things”.
Responding to the comments, Hoppus told Kevin Klein Live: “I haven’t even spoken to Tom in a year and a half.”
He added that DeLonge’s comments “came as a surprise” and that the possibility of working with DeLonge again was “so far down to the road”, although he would “never say never”.
DeLonge previously told NME in 2015 that he
still wanted the band to be part of his life.
Watch the lyric video for Blink-182’s new track ‘Bored To Death’ below.