Tom DeLonge is a co-founder of the pop-rock band blink-182, alongside Mark Hoppus. The US-based band was later joined by Travis Barker. DeLonge is the guitarist-singer, while Hoppus and Barker are the bassist-singer and drummer, respectively. 

The group is in news once again as they reunited after almost 8 years of their split, and are all set for a world tour in 2023.  The band is also performing at the South American edition of the Lollapalooza music festival in March 2023. 

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Who is Tom DeLonge?

Thomas Matthew DeLonge, aka Tom DeLonge, was born on December 13, 1975, in Poway, California. He was raised by Thomas DeLonge Sr. and Connie DeLonge. His father was an executive in an oil company whereas, his mother was a mortgage broker. The 46-year-old musician also has an elder brother named Shon, and a younger sister, Kari.

DeLonge started skateboarding as a young boy and was passionate about it. At the age of 11, he received a trumpet as a gift for Christmas, which was his first musical instrument. In contrast to his initial attraction to music, DeLonge wanted to become a firefighter. After high school was over, DeLonge worked in construction, driving around a Diesel truck and handling concrete and piping. Later, he admitted that he hated his job. He quit this job after Blink-182 was signed with MCA Records in 1996. 

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He married his high school friend Jennifer Jenkins in 2001. The couple have two children – a daughter named Ava Elizabeth, and a son named Jonas Rocket DeLonge. However, they separated in 2019. The 46-year-old musician is currently dating a woman named Marie. 

DeLonge is a singer, songwriter, author, filmmaker, and actor. He has a nasal tone to his voice. He has actively performed and recorded for blink-182 across three stints: 1992 to 2005, 2009 to 2015, and from 2022 onwards, as he has reunited with them again.

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After he split up with blink-182, DeLonge formed another rock band in 2005, called Angels & Airwaves. He was the lead vocalist and guitarist of this rock band, but was replaced by Mat Skiba in 2015. 

After seven years, he rekindled his friendship with Hoppus after he learned that Hoppus was battling with B-cell lymphoma and depression. This reunion is the result of their unbreakable bond, as DeLonge admitted to having love and respect for each other to Rolling Stone in 2019.