AceShowbiz - Mark Hoppus has recalled moments when he's diagnosed with stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. In a new interview, the Blink-182 bassist revealed that he actually didn't mean to share his health issue to the public.
The 49-year-old told GQ on Thursday, December 2 that his initial cancer announcement on social media was a total accident. At the time, the musician thought it was his Instagram Story for "close friends," but he accidentally sent it out to his million-plus followers.
Shortly after, Mark received a concerned text from his manager, asking if he meant to do that. Then the radio stations started calling. His close friends, who were left panicked by his announcement, also bombarded him with texts and calls. He quickly took down the post, but many social media users already took screenshot and reposted it.
"Throughout the day as I'm getting chemotherapy and more bags of chemicals are being dropped into my body, other people are reaching out and they're like, 'Dude, what's going on?' " Mark remembered. "Chemo is like being on the worst international, overnight flight where you can't sleep or get comfortable."
Mark continued, "I felt so s**tty. And the brain fog is so bad. The chemo brain is just heartbreaking to me because I can feel myself diminished mentally right now." The rocker added, "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."
Elsewhere during the conversation, Mark admitted that he "had a really dark time" after he was diagnosed with cancer. He told the magazine, "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," Mark continued. "I was due for something tragic."
Mark announced in September that he is now cancer-free. "Just saw my oncologist and I'm cancer free!!" he wrote in an Instagram Story. He then expressed his gratitude, "Thank you God and universe and friends and family and everyone who sent support and kindness and love."
Then in November, Mark celebrated Thanksgiving, saying he felt "truly blessed" to have come out the other side of his health struggle. Alongside a picture of himself sitting in front of his toilet while he was undergoing chemotherapy, he wrote in the caption, "I have so much to be thankful for today. This photo is from June, halfway through chemo, no idea if it was working or not, relegated to the bathroom floor, retching."
"If I ever complain about something trivial or unimportant, please show me this photo to remind me of how bad things can be, and how truly blessed I am," Mark concluded. "I hope you all have an amazing day with friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving."