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Tom DeLonge Claims "A National Security Issue" Made Him Quit Blink-182 in New Interview

by Cailey Lindberg   Jun 20, 2016 15:27 PM EDT

Now that Blink-182’s upcoming album, California, won’t feature Tom DeLonge, he has given an interview explaining his reasons for departure. Amongst one of the more bizarre interviews, DeLonge claimed that “a national security issue” made him quit the band.

Following his departure from the band, DeLonge released some music of his own and also wrote a book detailing the impending threats from UFOs. Now in the new interview, DeLonge is speaking out on both the touring demands that he had to tolerate as well as the threats from above.

“When you’re an individual like me,” DeLonge said in an interview with Mic. “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. 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.”

DeLonge now has his Angels & Airwaves project, which is completely separate from Blink-182 and was reportedly booted from Blink-182 back in January 2015. But in a fairly recent Facebook post, DeLonge insinuated that he would return to the band in due time.

“We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things,” DeLonge posted. “I am directing a movie this summer, releasing a couple more albums of music and digging deeper into my relationships with the US Government and the Sekret Machines Project.”

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