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DeLonge's 2005 split -- officially called a "hiatus" -- from fellow Blink members, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, has been anything but pretty. Hoppus and Barker went on to form a new band, +44, and penned 'No It Isn't,' a scathing song directed at DeLonge, which begins: "Please understand, this isn't just goodbye/This is I can't stand you." Barker was quoted in an interview in NME on September, 21, 2006, as saying the song was "absolutely about the end of Blink-182. It was a classic case of something bad happening and everyone around you not telling you what the deal was."
Despite the musical and verbal barbs between the two parties, DeLonge says he harbors no "bad feelings" towards his old bandmates, and that his current band, Angels and Airwaves, is "everything I have ever wanted to do."
DeLonge has chronicled the making of Angels' most recent album, 'I-Empire,' in a new documentary, titled 'Start the Machine,' which also finds DeLonge unveiling his addiction to painkillers, as well as his story behind the split with Blink.
"[The film] became a document of change in my personal life," DeLonge says. "It started off as just a documentary of the making of the album, but a lot of things have happened in the past two-and-a-half year period." DeLonge adds that Angels and Airwaves, as well as their albums, are on a bigger mission. "It's about changing the world," he says. "It's about doing everything you want to do. And that's punk rock to me."