Blink-182 split: Tom Delonge is 'disrespectful and ungrateful' say Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus

'Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable'

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Following the news that Tom Delonge allegedly quit Blink-182, remaining members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have said they are "sick of covering for him" and vented their anger about his "attitude".

The band released a statement yesterday saying that the guitarist had quit and would be replaced by Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba for shows, though Delonge denied this on Instagram saying he "never quit the band".

Hoppus and Barker stood by their statement in an interview with Rolling Stone however, saying that a chain of scheduling issues led to "an e-mail from Tom's manager saying that he has no interest in recording and that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff and that he's out indefinitely.

"There's a flurry of e-mails going back and forth for clarification about the recording and the show and his manager sends [an e-mail] back saying, "Tom. Is. Out." Direct quote.

"This is the exact same e-mail we got back in 2004 when Tom went on indefinite hiatus before."

The pair were clearly pissed, and asked what their reaction to the email was, Hoppus said: "To be honest, I wasn't that surprised because his attitude leading up to that had been not excited and not interested."

"I think he's just bummed because Mark and I were finally honest," Barker added of Delonge's denial that he quit.

"We always covered up for him before. It was always, "We're going to record an album," then "Tom refuses to get into the studio without a record deal."

"So everyone does hella amounts of work to get a record deal and now Tom isn't part of Blink-182.

"It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful. You don't even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you're not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it.

"Everyone should know what the story is with him and it's been years with it.

"When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don't know, maybe because I almost died.

"But he didn't even listen to mixes or masterings from that record. He didn't even care about it.

"Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable.

"It's humiliating to be in a band where you're apologizing for one person all the time."

The pair said that Blink-182's future now depends on attorneys and managers.

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