Blink-182’s co-lead vocalist Mark Hoppus is now cancer-free after a long four-month battle with the disease. However, he initially had no intention of letting the world know about his health battle.
In his cover for the December issue of GQ Magazine, Hoppus revealed that he accidentally shared the news of his diagnosis.
Mark Hoppus Mistakenly Shared His Cancer Diagnosis On Social Media
The news of Hoppus’ cancer diagnosis first broke in in June when he shared a photo of him during chemotherapy to his Instagram story. The image, which was taken down shortly after its upload, showed the talented bassist strapped to the chemo machine with the caption, “yes, hello. One cancer treatment, please.”
In no time, the accidentally-shared photo caused an uproar on the internet, forcing Hoppus to give an official statement later that day via his Twitter.
In his sit-down with GQ, the punk rocker detailed the initial wrongful announcement, revealing that he actually intended only to share the photos with his close friends on Instagram but mistakenly pushed the wrong button.
Hoppus recalled that he first received a text from his worried manager, who asked if he did it on purpose before being bombarded with calls from concerned friends and radio stations nationwide. Opening up about the massive oopsie, Hoppus told the publication:
“Maybe part of me subconsciously posted it to my main, but I definitely didn’t do it on purpose. But I don’t know. It kind of felt like a Band-Aid had been ripped off and I was able to be honest with people.”
The Blink-182 Bassist On Getting Cancer
In the same interview, the famous rocker reminisced when he was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma. He recalled that he was meeting with his new therapist when his doctor called with the news.
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Although devastated by the news, Hoppus shared he was grateful that the diagnosis coincided with finding a new therapist as therapy helped him navigate the first few weeks and come to terms with his diagnosis. The musician recalled:
I had a really dark time after finding out. I went through this whole period of like, not why me, but of course me. Why wouldn’t it be me? We’ve had so much good luck and good fortune, and things have kind of fallen into place for me specifically for so long, that of course I was due. I was due for something tragic.
A Cancer-Free Hoppus Is Thankful!
Last month, Hoppus celebrated Thanksgiving with a super grateful heart. The father-of-one took a trip down memory lane and shared a picture from his difficult chemotherapy days.
He was seen with his head shaved, sitting next to a toilet. Hoppus revealed that the image was taken halfway through his chemo treatments while he was retching continuously with no idea if it was working.
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Hoppus then urged his 1.2 million followers to use the photo as a future reference whenever they catch him feeling ungrateful or complaining about something unimportant.