Mark Hoppus Hints About Future Of Blink-182 After His Brutal Cancer Journey

Mark Hoppus Hints About Future Of Blink-182 After His Brutal Cancer Journey

Updated on August 19, 2022 19:51 PM by Andrew Koschiev

The Blink-182 bassist-vocalist discusses the band's future after his cancer journey in the new issue of PEOPLE.

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Hoppus underwent brutal chemotherapy:

The band, which rose to pop-punk royalty with the late-'90s and early-aughts hits like "All the Small Things" and "I Miss You," has seen many intervals and lineup changes over the years.

While there was nothing but harmony between drummer Travis Barker and vocalist-guitarist Tom DeLonge when they found out Hoppus had been diagnosed with stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in April 2021. DeLonge and Barker visited Hoppus at home before he began chemotherapy.

Hoppus says, "It was the first time that all three of us were in the same room in like five years," adding, "It is better than it used to be. There was no plan. There were also no lingering grudges. It felt very, very back to what it should be: three pals sitting in a room."

Their renewed connection provided a panacea as Hoppus underwent "brutal" chemo treatments. And now, he says, "Everybody's in a great place right now."

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Mark Hoppus is ready to rock on!

Last September, Hoppus was declared cancer-free. Since getting the all-clear, Hoppus has been getting back to work. He's writing a book, launched the record company Verswire and is hosting his radio show on Apple Music.

Hoppus is open to whatever the next phase of Blink is:

In recent months, fans have been whizzing about DeLonge potentially rejoining the band. (Musician Matt Skiba has been the acting guitarist-vocalist since DeLonge last departed.) Mark Hoppus has nothing to announce yet.

He says, "I keep writing music, and I'm open to whatever the next phase of Blink is," adding, "I'm hopeful for the future. I'm just damn glad to be here."

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Hoppus is facing the future with gratitude!

He is also glad to be in such a great place with his longtime friends. Hoppus and his wife Skye traveled to Italy in May to celebrate Barker and Kourtney Kardashian's wedding.

Hoppus says, "Obviously, it was a celebration for them, but for me, it was the first time that I traveled really after being sick and the first time doing normal people stuff, like going to a wedding, traveling, seeing friends, all the stuff that you have missed out on for the last two years, not only from being sick with cancer but from the pandemic: happiness, joy, seeing friends, meeting, new people, that you haven't seen in awhile and catching back up, eating delicious food in gorgeous settings," adding "As big a giant spectacle as it was, it felt very normal and very like family."

He adds, "It was fun, beautiful, and I couldn't be happier for them. She is great, and she brings out the best in Travis. So I was pleased to be there, not only for them but selfishly for myself; I was glad to have a chance to celebrate my s---."

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