This is so confusing.
Tom DeLonge has posted a lengthy statement on his Facebook revealing that he's been speaking to former(?) bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker.
The post reveals that he met with Mark this week, and addresses his role in the band.
This week, Tom claimed he was "currently in" Blink-182 on the day the band unveiled their first single with his replacement, Matt Skiba.
"We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things," said Tom, before listing a variety of movie and music projects that he has planned for this year.
He also comments on the band's choice to work with super-producer and songwriter John Feldmann, saying: "Was too far a change, but something they desired, and that in itself may be an indicator of some of our current artistic differences that are difficult to overcome.
Tom then reveals that solo track 'New World' was an indicator of where he saw the future of Blink-182.
"At the end of the day, both of us have ideas, but from opposite sides of the road... Now, we are at different places in our minds, careers and goals, I get it," he continues.
"But that said, I obviously want them to make the music they wish."
So that clarifies some things, but not others.
For now, at least, Blink-182 will release their first album with Matt Skiba on July 01 via BMG. You can hear new song 'Bored To Death' below.
You can read Tom's statement in full below.
I understand all the craziness out there in Internet-land, it is an odd time for fans of the Blink-182 legacy, I know- It's odd for me, too.
Well, I met with Mark yesterday, and Travis the week before.... I actually talk to Travis almost every day, now. In an odd way I'm almost closer to him more now than ever.
The answer is this:
We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things. I am directing a movie this summer, releasing a couple more albums of music and digging deeper into my Sekret Machines Project with the US Department of Defense.
I know people are comparing the Angels and Airwaves Chasing Shadows EP to the new Blink-182 music, and that is a failed task. We are different people after different things. For one, I think partnering with a song-writer on the Blink album (Feldy- 5 Seconds of Summer, Good Charlotte) was too far a change, but something they desired, and that in itself may be an indicator of some of our current artistic differences that are difficult to overcome. I guess I've always just liked the song-writing we did together. But, at the end of the day, I support their desires. And if they are happy, then that's what matters.
Earlier this year, I was recording the song NEW WORLD (on the DEMOS album titled after my own name) and that was my first early opinion of where we could possibly take Blink for the next album. But again, that's just my idea, and I'm only one of three.
At the end of the day, both of us have ideas, but from opposite sides of the road... Now, we are at different places in our minds, careers and goals, I get it.
But that said, I obviously want them to make the music they wish. I have always been thankful for them in my life, but I am a forward thinking artist, and sometimes that leads me down a different and far-reaching path- That is why I have done progressive projects like: Box Car Racer, Angels and Airwaves- "LOVE" Feature Film and it's albums, and even the "Dream Walker" Album, with the accompanying animations and Novel etc...
I look forward to my upcoming film and music adventures, and a hell of a lot more...
....Maybe throw in a bit of Blink-182, if we can build back that "special something" that was once there."