In a new interview with Mic, Tom DeLonge reveals that the reason why he left Blink-182 in January 2015 was that so he could focus on a “national security issue.” Specifically, the issue of UFOs.
“When you’re an individual like me,” Delonge says, “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.”
California, Blink-182’s first album since DeLonge’s departure—Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba has taken his place—comes out July 1st.