As media coverage of Blink-182 founding member Tom DeLonge's departure from the band spiralled out of control, the music world reeled at the news and fans could only guess as to why this 'friendly divorce' had come to pass. Was it all down to friction within the band, or could there be some other reason why Tom would decide to leave the multi-platinum pop/punk phenomena?
It's common knowledge that Tom has an entrepreneurial nature, even in the early days of Blink-182 when the future of the band was uncertain he knew the smart move was to have a safety net should it all come crashing down. Of course Blink did exceptionally well, but that didn’t stop Tom from exploring his business options.
"It can’t be about 'What’s the best job I can have?' or 'What’s the best career I can have?' It has to be about, 'What do I love doing?' That’s really what people fail to do. They never think what they love doing could be their job or their life."
So if being the singer and guitarist with one of the biggest bands on the planet is what you love, why on Earth would you consider leaving it? The answer is simple. With a family, responsibilities to employees and shareholders, numerous highly functioning companies to juggle, not to mention a novel to write and promote, something had to give.
But where does that leave Tom's relationship with the band that launched his career and gained him a huge fanbase? The answer might not be as bleak as some imagined…
In an interview shortly after his departure from Blink-182, Tom revealed, "For me it's always a scheduling thing. At this period of my life, I have these 10 things that I'm doing. And the 10 things are very important to me and what I'm very passionate about right now – but I did this band thing for 25 years, so, give me a second, y'know!"
From what he's said in recent interviews and social media, it's clear Tom doesn't consider his days with Blink-182 to be over for good, but for now his own ambitions and the needs of his family are his main concern, and there's nothing much wrong with that.
"I love that band. I could not do anything that I'm doing now without the fans of that band. If I did not have the fans of Blink, I would not exist." – Tom DeLonge