Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 Reveals Cancer Diagnosis Announcement Was an Accident

by Amy Myers

Back in June, Blink-182 frontman and bassist Mark Hoppus announced that he was battling late-stage cancer on social media. But according to Hoppus, the initial announcement was actually a mistake.

Three months after his initial diagnosis, Hoppus broke the news about his condition by posting a photo of himself receiving chemotherapy on Instagram. But this was only supposed to be for friends and family that already knew about his situation. Soon enough, the Blink-182 vocalist found out that he had made the post public and the notifications came pouring in.

“Throughout the day as I’m getting chemotherapy and more bags of chemicals are being dripped into my body, other people are reaching out, and they’re like, ‘Dude, what’s going on?’” Hoppus told GQ.

Immediately, the Blink-182 star’s manager contacted him about his mistake. Unfortunately, though, the news had already spread across his fanbase. So, in response, Hoppus deleted the photo of himself and instead created a more formal post addressing his condition.

“For the past three months, I’ve been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer,” Hoppus shared on Twitter. “I have cancer. It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time, I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this. I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive. Can’t wait to be cancer-free and see you all at a concert in the near future. Love to you all.”

Just a few months later in September, the Blink-182 bassist received news that he was cancer-free.

Since that initial post, the Blink-182 star has been fairly open about the experience, sharing updates about the efficiency of the treatments and the effect on his body. For a while, Hoppus wasn’t sure if the cancer cells were even responding to the chemotherapy treatments. Upon further testing, though, he found out that his body was, indeed, making progress.

But that didn’t mean the journey towards remission was easy.

“Chemo is like being on the worst international, overnight flight where you can’t sleep or get comfortable,” the Blink-182 vocalist told GQ.

And the mental battle was just as difficult as the physical one.

“I had a really dark time after finding out,” Hoppus admitted. “I went through this whole period of like, not why me, but of course me. Why wouldn’t it be me? We’ve had so much good luck and good fortune, and things have kind of fallen into place for me specifically for so long, that of course I was due. I was due for something tragic.”

Thankfully, as we now know, Hoppus’ luck had not quite run out. Now, cancer-free, the Blink-182 star is working on growing his hair out again.