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Tom DeLonge uses Tron Guy to say he never left Blink-182

The Tron Guy photo shared by Tom DeLonge to illustrate "awkward."

Is founding guitarist Tom DeLonge still in the band Blink-182? The band says no: as Billboard reports, Blink-182 released a statement saying that “a week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors. No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”

DeLonge, though, tells a different story. Via Facebook (and Twitter, and Instagram), he writes that “To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….. #Awkward #BabyBackRibs.”

To illustrate the concept of “awkward,” DeLonge shared a photo of Jay Maynard, the Minnesota computer consultant known to the world as Tron Guy. As the Blink-182 saga continues, the last laugh, it seems, is on us.

FYI, here’s the awkward ad that #BabyBackRibs hashtag refers to.