The music was taking DeLonge's focus away from something more important
Alexandra Pollard

10:28 21st June 2016

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Tom DeLonge has revealed that he quit Blink-182 because his investigations into UFOs were taking up too much of his time.

DeLonge left the band acrimoniously at the start of last year, with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker publicly calling him “disrespectful and ungrateful.”

After providing fairly vague reasons for his departure - “At this point in my life I just know a lot of things and it’s a better use of the skill sets that I’ve acquired to be doing what I’m doing now” - DeLonge has now given a more specific explanation.

In an interview with Mic, he spoke of his recent book on alien abductions and UFOs, Sekret Machines. “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,” he said. “Something that has the opportunity to change the world over time. Being a small part of that is enormously important for my life path.”

He continued, ”But I can’t do everything. I can’t tour nine months out of the year with enough time to do the enormity of what I’m setting out to do.”

So basically, he chose conspiracy theories over Blink-182.

Read our interview with Blink-182 on their new album, Tom DeLonge and 25 years of punk here.

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