He left the three-piece in 2005, forcing them into hiatus, and it wasn't until the 2008 plane crash which nearly killed drummer Travis Barker
"The reason the band broke up was really stupid in the first place. It's not like we had sex with each others' wives – though for how bad we hated each other that should have been what happened," DeLonge tells the BBC. "We got so big that the machine running the band took over. We were burned out. We needed a break. But the machine won't let you do that. We'd stopped communicating with each other because the machine was so big."