Mark Hoppus on how cancer brought him along with former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge

Mark Hoppus talks about how he and Travis Barker reconnected with the original Blink 182 member, Tom DeLonge, in the middle of his cancer battle.

Mark Hoppus talks about how he and Travis Barker reconnected with the original Blink 182 member, Tom DeLonge, in the middle of his cancer battle. (Photo: FilmMagic)

Mark Hoppus opened up about his cancer journey, both the bad and some good, in an interview with GQ. The Blink-182 rocker was diagnosed with stage 4 diffuse large-cell B-cell lymphoma earlier this year, but when he announced it to the world in June, it was an accident.

“Yes hey. One cancer treatment, thank you,” Hoppus wrote to a picture of himself undergoing chemotherapy. He intended to share it with his green “close friends” circle on Instagram, but posted it instead so all his 1 million followers could see it.

“During the day, while I am receiving chemotherapy and several bags of chemicals are dripping into my body, other people reach out and they say, ‘Dude, what’s going on?'” Hoppus recalled. He just had to go through the treatment before issuing a statement explaining “Kemo is like being on the worst international night flight where you can not sleep or get well.”

Hoppus first thought something was wrong last spring when he felt a strange lump in his shoulder. He had it checked out a few days before the meeting with a new therapist. The musician suffered from a dark bout of depression amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“So I go into the therapist’s office and I say, ‘Oh, hey. How are you? Very nice to meet you. Thank you for taking the time – wait a minute. I have to take this call,’ “Hoppus remembered.

When he picked up the phone, it was his doctor who told him he had lymphoma. Hoppus had to start chemotherapy immediately.

“And I thought, ‘OK, cool. Thank you very much.’ I hang up and turn around [the therapist]. ‘Oh hey. So yes, I have cancer. Where do we start? ‘”Said Hoppus, adding:” I had a really dark time after finding out.

Hoppus, who is now in remission, continued: “I went through this whole period with similar, not why me, but of course me. Why should it not be me? We have had so much good luck and things are in a way fell into place for me specifically for so long that I obviously had to. I was going to something tragic. “

One of the worst parts of chemotherapy for Hoppus was the “bad” brain fog he experienced. “I felt so s *****,” he explained. “The chemo brain is just heartbreaking for me because I can feel that I am mentally retarded right now.”

That’s why Instagram slipping bothered him in the beginning.

“Maybe part of me has unknowingly posted it to my main page, but I certainly did not do it on purpose,” he added. “But I do not know. It felt a bit like a patch had been ripped off and I was able to be honest with people.”

One person Hoppus was honest about about his diagnosis was former Blink-182 guitarist, Tom DeLonge. In 2015, DeLonge abruptly left the band after two decades. Matt Skiba replaced the band’s co-founder and joined Hoppus and Travis Barker. Hoppus texted Barker and Skiba the day he found out about his diagnosis. DeLonge happened to reach out to Hoppus weeks later, and they eventually met.

DeLonge stopped at Hoppus’ house when Barker, unconsciously, looked past. The three men sat and talked for hours about “life things”.

“What we’ve learned over the years about ourselves. How we’ve grown, how nothing really matters when it boils down to what we were dealing with in that moment,” DeLonge recalled. “And so, it was not a big meeting about Blink-182, it was more about brothers who met and said, ‘How do we support Mark?'”

DeLonge recently told People he and Hoppus have been able to “completely repair” their friendship.

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