Blink-182 star DENIES quitting… despite already being replaced

The world of music was shaken up yesterday when it emerged that Blink-182 singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge had quit the group to focus on other projects.

His fellow members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker announced that Tom "didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavours."

The band then revealed that Matt Skiba of punk-rock band Alkaline Trio would be replacing Tom for upcoming gigs including a headline concert at this year's Musink festival in California.

However Tom strongly denies ever saying he had quit Blink-182, making a statement through his rep which said, "The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I'm not leaving."

He also took to Instagram to clear up any confusion, adding that he had been working on Blink-182 projects when he heard about his supposed departure from the group.

"To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were 'sanctioned' from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ…..#Awkward #BabyBackRibs," wrote the star.

Hmmm… we wonder if he'll stay true to his word and re-join the band later this year?