Tom DeLonge Seems to Hint at Possible Return to Blink-182 with Throwback Photo

Mark Hoppus has since squashed rumors that DeLonge, who previously left the pop-punk group in 2015, will rejoin Blink-182

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Is Tom DeLonge getting the band back together?

The Blink-182 founding member, 46, seemed to tease a possible return to the pop-punk trio after he left the group, which also consists of Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, back in 2015 to focus on other projects.

He fueled rumors of his triumphant return Sunday, posting a black-and-white throwback photo of the band, which he helped form in 1992. DeLonge tagged the group in the caption.

DeLonge was met with eager speculation from his nearly one million followers in the comments section. "JUST ANNOUNCE THE TOUR ALREADY!!!!" one fan wrote. "Say it… just say it," another commented. "Is this a sign?" a fan added.

"I make music (@blink182 and @angelsandairwaves)," DeLonge also wrote in his updated bio, referring to two of his bands. But since he omitted his short-lived group Box Car Racer, some fans believe he included only the bands in which he's actively involved.

However, Hoppus took to his Discord channel on Monday to set the record straight regarding DeLonge's rumored return to the group. "There is no news to share. There is no announcement," wrote the 50-year-old bassist and vocalist before noting a celebratory occasion for the band, which formed in August 1992. "Today is thirty years of blink-182!"

He continued in a follow-up post, "If and when blink has any announcement about anything, you will hear it here or from the official blink-182 outlets. Not teased on a radio station like 'tune in for a major announcement…Tom tagged Mark in a photo from two decades ago.'"

"These guys have a long history and a long friendship and are always posting random throwbacks, but they're full of surprises," a source tells PEOPLE.

PEOPLE has also reached out to DeLonge's reps for comment.

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Rumors of his return began to circulate last month when Matt Skiba, who replaced DeLonge after his departure, admitted in an Instagram comment that he doesn't know if he's still in the band.

"Your guess is as good as mine," Skiba, 46, wrote. "Regardless, I am very proud of and thankful for my time with Blink 182. We shall see…" He previously missed the band's most recent performance at Barker's House of Horrors Halloween concert special, for which Kevin Gruft filled in for him.

The band further fueled rumors last week when they teased their new Funko Pop collaboration, which includes a doll in DeLonge's likeness, celebrating the "All the Small Things" group's 30th anniversary.

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DeLonge previously spoke to PEOPLE about his decision to leave Blink-182 and join the History Channel docuseries Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation, which premiered in 2019.

"It's always hard when you're transitioning from something that you've worked your entire life, up to that point, to achieve," he said. "But the only two things on Earth — outside of my family — that I was interested in were music and this subject."

Added DeLonge: "I've got to say I'm completely humbled that people care about my music still, and I'm so thankful. I'm really excited for my band members in Blink and what they're doing. I think a lot of people still think I'm in that band, but I'm not touring with them at the moment, or writing music with them at the moment, but I do support their evolution of what they're doing. I just want everyone to win in whatever way makes them happy."

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