The Truth Is Out There: Tom DeLonge Quit Blink-182 to Focus on UFOs

Tom DeLonge photographed in 2012
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Tom DeLonge photographed on July 10, 2012. 

The truth is out there and here it is: Tom DeLonge's reason for leaving Blink-182 had more to do with the search for intelligent life in the universe than any petty music dispute. 

"Well it's not so much about Blink. It's about what I'm doing with my life now," DeLonge told Mic in talking about the recently released first volume of his multi-media project about the paranormal, Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows.

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"When you're an individual like me, 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."

DeLonge previously said he was able to contact well-placed sources in the military and intelligence communities (people with "multiple stars on their shoulders" and "multiple PhDs") to uncover some hidden truths about UFOs and the search for alien life in the universe. He told the site that frankly, there wasn't time to do both.

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"[But] I can't do everything," he said of his lifelong obsession with scanning the skies and playing rock. "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." DeLonge split with the group last year and has since been replaced by Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba. 

DeLonge has clearly not been sitting idly by, as evidenced by his To The Stars site, which lists a rich variety of Sekret Machines swag, including a limited edition nano drone, an Angels and Airwaves Chasing Shadows picture disc and a Chasing Shadows black nickel coin. 

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And it's not like DeLonge just started delving into this subject. Way back on Blink's 1999 smash Enema of the State he told Mic the song "Aliens Exist" described an organization of "top-level scientists, military people and intelligence officials" tied to the Majestic 12 project about the recovery of an extraterrestrial aircraft. "I put the name in that song, and the irony now is that I'm dealing with people from the modern version of whatever that group is called," he told the site. "It's a big deal." 

Editor's Note: DeLonge tweeted out a response to coverage of the Mic interview on Tuesday afternoon in which he urged fans not to believe the "media, ridiculous articles saying I quit blink over my work with Government on Sekret Machines Project."