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It’s never been a secret that former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge is a bit of a space case. He’s long owned and operated a “mysteries of the universe” type website, and in February 2015 told Papermag that he had made contact with aliens. Now DeLonge is claiming that his pursuit of extraterrestrials is actually why he left Blink-182, and not because of some “immature” falling out he had with the group.

In an interview with Mic, DeLonge said his work is a “national security issue,” and that he “know[s] of stuff [he] can’t talk about right now.” After being prompted by the Mic interviewer to talk about “aliens,” DeLonge clarified that the UFO truther community doesn’t really call them “aliens,” saying, “that’s a term people throw out there, and rightfully so because the government spends a lot of time and money throwing that term out there.” When asked for evidence that extraterrestrials exist, DeLonge told the site that, “I don’t think I’m going to be the person that offers the best evidence unless people really trust what I’m doing and believe me. There’s been hundreds and hundreds of thousands of eyewitness accounts. Trace evidence that’s been analyzed by scientists across the world. Events have happened on the ground. It’s all around us.”

Though it was touch and go there for a bit when DeLonge left Blink early last year, he seems to have since come to terms with the departure, telling Mic, “When you’re an individual like me, dealing with something that’s a national security issue, and you’re being gifted with the opportunity to communicate something you’ve been passionate about your whole life—something that has the opportunity to change the world over time—being a small part of that is enormously important for my life path.”

[via Pigeons And Planes]