The following article contains mentions of depression and suicide.
Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus has been incredibly open about his battle with cancer since going public with his diagnosis in June 2021. The bassist-singer shared that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, an aggressive form of blood cancer that his mother also battled (and beat), per Good Morning America.
Speaking to GQ in December 2021, Hoppus admitted about his battle with the capital “C” that he went through a “really dark period” after being diagnosed with the condition. “I’ve been through it like this all this time, not why me but of course me,” he said. “Why shouldn’t it be me? We were so lucky and fortunate, and things took so long specifically to me, that of course I was due. I was due for something tragic. “
But luckily for the musician, he found himself out of the woods shortly after undergoing several months of chemotherapy. “I just saw my oncologist and I’m cancer free!” he announced on Instagram in September. “Thank you, God and universe and friends and family and everyone who sent support, kindness and love.” It was undoubtedly a surreal moment for Hoppus, especially considering the state he was in after being told of his experienced cancer. In a new interview, Hoppus revealed he’s struggled with his mental health due to his illness and even considered taking his own life at one point.
Mark Hoppus fell into a deep depression
Speaking to People, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus said he fell into a deep depression after learning about his lymphoma diagnosis in April 2021. He recalled feeling hopeless and confiding in his 22-year-old wife Skye about his suicidal thoughts. “I was in our living room crying and saying to my wife, ‘I don’t know if I can do this,'” Hoppus explained. “She said, ‘Well, what are you going to do, kill yourself?’ And that’s exactly what I thought. It was pretty dark.”
Hoppus said it was his wife’s wake-up call that snapped him out of his thoughts. “It was an absolute moment that it came out of,” he said. “I thought, ‘What can I say.’ But also, what a way of saying, like, “Stop that, you damn baby. You have a conquerable form of cancer. It’s going to suck to get there, but get there. I had to do the work.”
Today, fans will be happy to know that Hoppus is doing much better than he used to, both physically and mentally. As he told TMZ in April, “Life is great. I’m glad to be here.” He’s also full of excitement as he teased his potential return to music in the coming months. “I just wanted to get back in the studio and make music again and get off my couch,” he told the publication. “Hopefully soon. Let’s see if I can write something happy this time.”
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).