In June, the nation was stunned to hear Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus had been undergoing treatment for cancer. Perhaps more stunning: The news wasn’t meant to have been made public at all.
According to Fox News, Hoppus said in a recent interview with GQ that he meant to share the photo, which showed him receiving chemotherapy treatment, only with his nearest and dearest using Instagram’s “close friends” feature. But he accidentally shared the image publicly, prompting an outcry of support for the musician.
Hoppus announced in another Instagram post back in September that he was cancer-free.
“Just saw my oncologist, and I’m cancer free!!” he wrote, according to Fox. “Thank you, God and universe and friends and family and everyone who sent support and kindness and love.”
Reflecting on the accidental announcement with GQ, Hoppus recalled, “Throughout the day as I’m getting chemotherapy and more bags of chemicals are being dripped into my body, other people are reaching out, and they’re like, ‘Dude, what’s going on?’”
According to Fox, Hoppus said his manager even contacted him asking if he meant to share the post publicly. He didn’t, Hoppus said, and he couldn’t respond to messages from friends and family who hadn’t heard the news sooner while he was actively getting treatment.
The long-time musician later released a formal statement laying out his condition.
“For the past three months I’ve been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer,” he said in June, according to Fox. “I have cancer. It sucks, and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this.”
“I feel blessed”
He recalled the rigors of treatment while speaking with GQ. “Chemo is like being on the worst international, overnight flight where you can’t sleep or get comfortable,” Hoppus said.
Learning he had stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma also took an emotional toll on the veteran musician. “I had a really dark time after finding out,” Hoppus said, according to Fox. “I went through this whole period of like, not why me, but of course me. Why wouldn’t it be me?”
Back in September, Hoppus explained in his Instagram post that he still has “to get scanned every six months and it’ll take me until the end of the year to get back to normal.”
“But today is an amazing day,” he said, “and I feel blessed.”