A few days ago, Blink-182 released its first song since parting ways with guitarist and co-vocalist Tom DeLonge, but he doesn’t want anyone to think he’s just moping around and being miserable about his band moving forward without him. According to a message he posted on his Facebook, Delonge is actually totally fine and cool with what the other Blink guys are doing now, and he even thinks they’ll get back together someday. Besides, he’s got his own stuff going on anyway, and he’s really into UFOs again, so yeah, he’s totally fine. Don’t worry, guys.
The post begins with DeLonge explaining that this is “an odd time for fans of the Blink-182 legacy,” adding that it’s also odd for him. However, he says he “met with Mark [Hoppus] yesterday” and has been talking to Travis Barker “almost every day,” so he’s “almost closer” to his old bandmates “more now than ever.” He then says that he and the other guys “DO have a future together,” but right now they’re all too busy doing separate things. Hoppus and Barker, of course, are still in Blink-182 and have an album coming in July, while DeLonge says he’s “directing a movie this summer, releasing a couple more albums of music, and digging deeper into [his] Sekret Machines Project with the U.S. Department Of Defense.”
Though it sounds like the weirdest “I have a new girlfriend and she’s pretty awesome” line ever, Sekret Machines is actually the title of a book series that DeLonge is writing with A.J. Hartley that—depending on how you feel about conspiracy theories—is either a series of fiction books inspired by UFO sightings or a non-fiction exposé of the U.S. government’s history of covering up UFOs. DeLonge will also be tying his Angles & Airwaves musical work in with Sekret Machines, but it’s unclear how the Department Of Defense is involved at this point.
Back on the subject of Blink-182, DeLonge implies that Hoppus and Barker’s decision to bring in a new songwriter (John Feldman) was part of his reasoning for their breakup, noting that he “just liked the songwriting [they] did together,” but he says that “if they are happy, then that’s what matters.” Interestingly, though, DeLonge doesn’t acknowledge the fact that his spot in the band was filled by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, suggesting that he might not really be as cool with all of this as he says.