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Blink-182 Frontman Stopped Making Music Because Of Aliens

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It can be hard to imagine our favorite musicians when they're not working their day job, but a lot of stars have their own hobbies and second jobs.

The guys from Hanson brew their own beer, while the drummer from Blur is a successful lawyer. As for Tom DeLonge, the original guitar player and lead singer for Blink-182, one of his not-so-secret passions gradually became so important that he left the beloved pop-punk band and devoted himself to it full-time.

Blink-182 at the 2004 Teen Choice Awards.CNN

Blink-182 became a huge success and a constant presence on MTV in the late '90s and early 2000s, both for their hit songs and because they refused to take themselves seriously.

But the band disappointed their fans when they went on "indefinite hiatus" in 2005. They briefly reunited years later, releasing their 2009 album Neighborhoods, but DeLonge left the group and was replaced for good in 2015.

Despite being blasted as "disrespectful and ungrateful" by his former band-mates, DeLonge has poured his energy into his new passion project: investigating aliens.

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That's right, the man who wrote "Aliens Exist" actually believes it, and he's been very busy these last few years trying to prove it to the world.

“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 told Mic about his decision to leave Blink-182. Instead, he's been helping to produce a new multimedia franchise called Sekret Machines, which sets out to expose alien kind's influence on human society.

DeLonge says he's been fascinated with outer space and technology since he was a child, but recalls how a chance encounter with a UFO near Area 51 made him a true believer.

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