Soon after a press release announced that Tom DeLonge had quit Blink-182, DeLonge said on Facebook that he had not left the group. Bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker doubled-down on the original press release in an interview with Rolling Stone, and now DeLonge has fired back in yet another Facebook post.
The pop-punk band's back and forth has essentially turned into the spoken-word breakdown of Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and, to quote Tay-Tay herself, this is exhausting.
"Are they at fault? Am I? Of course. I'm nuts," Tom wrote on Facebook Tuesday (January 27). "But there's three of us -- we're all acountable. At the end of the day, we've always been dysfunctional."
He claims that his and his bandmates' differing stories stem from a conflict of perspective. "I just wanted us to do things we all agreed on. But that was their moment to dig in. From their view I was controlling everything."
The guitarist also cites a contractual conflict of interest that would have prevented him from pursuing non-Blink projects until a new album was released.
DeLonge continues: "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." But, he concludes: "Our relationship got poisoned yesterday. Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit."
Whether or not Tom actually quit Blink-182 on Monday, Mark and Travis sound pretty resolute that they no longer wish to work with him.
"I want to go out and play the songs that we've been spending the last 20 years of our lives writing. That's what Travis and I want to do. If Tom doesn't want to do that, which obviously he doesn't, that's OK," Hoppus told Rolling Stone yesterday. "As Tom pointed out, he technically didn't quit the band. Then it gets all lawyer-y, which I will leave to the attorneys and managers."
Barker even went so far as to wonder: "Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable."
Blink-182 had previously gone on an indefinite hiatus back in 2005, during which time DeLonge focused on his other band, Angels & Airwaves. After reuniting with his Blink bandmates in 2009, Tom told MTV News that "we broke up and then we just got bigger."