In a new interview with NME, Tom DeLonge admits he still wants Blink-182 to be part of his life, despite having been removed from the band earlier this year. “I loved that band, I started that band,” he stated. “That's me. I named the band—that shit came from me. [Being in Blink] cannot be the only thing in my life, or can it be the absolute priority. But can it be a part of my life? Absolutely. I love that band. I could not do anything that I'm doing now without the fans of that band. If I did not have the fans of Blink, I would not exist.”

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The possibility of actually rejoining the band, however, is where things get complicated. “It has to map up with everybody's life. I think if all the roads that we're travelling [sic] connect at the same intersection, which is usually a location and a date, then we're good.” 

“We haven't spoken since all that shit's gone down – but that's not un-normal,” he commented. “The Rolling Stones would go three years without talking to each other, then Mick and Keith would be hugging and saying 'fuck I missed you'. It's just how it works.”

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Yesterday, DeLonge spoke with Billboard and claimed that he is “totally willing and interested” in rejoining Blink. “People ask me every single day, 'Go back, go back, go back.' And I tell people I haven't forgotten anything and I'm grateful for that band and for those guys in my life,” he claimed. “And I think about that band every single day of my life—sometimes multiple times a day. I love those guys and I love the band and, yeah, in the future let's play together and figure it out or whatever. We just need time apart because we all want different things at this time. Those guys want to play the music and tour all the time, but I'm involved in some very big shit and some very important stuff.”

All of this comes following Mark Hoppus revealing that Blink-182 had entered the studio with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba to begin work on what is expected to be a new studio album.

In case you missed it, watch this video of CM Punk and Juliet Simms chatting with Hoppus on the APMAs red carpet in 2014.