PUBLISHED: 10:06, Wed, Sep 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:07, Wed, Sep 9, 2020
The guitarist and singer, best known for Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves, has a well-documented fascination with UFOs and other extraterrestrial phenomena. Former bandmember Travis Barker once said the musician has always been "obsessed" with the idea of aliens. And in 2017, Mr DeLonge helped set up the To The Stars Academy, which collects and studies UFO sightings and reports.
In a new interview, the musician has opened up about why he left his band Blink-182 in pursuit of UFO research.
Mr DeLonge parted ways with the band in 2015, not long after headlining the Reading and Leeds festival in the UK.
Part of the reason was seeing "enormous amounts of data" that has reaffirmed his belief in extraterrestrial phenomena.
He said: "I've been brought into a group of people and I'm a big part of a mechanism that is absolutely profound and already started changing the world. And it's going to do a lot more.
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UFO news: Tom DeLonge believes UFO research can change the world (Image: GETTY)
UFO news: The rocker started the To The Stars Academy in 2017 (Image: GETTY)
"Would I leave rock and roll just to go do something that there's not data for and it's just like pie in the sky and we're just imagining things? No, why would I? I mean, that's insane.
"But I would leave for something that I truly think can change the world and have a positive impact and make it a better place, and something needs to be dealt with, something that's serious?"
Earlier this year it was announced Mr DeLonge would return to Sky HISTORY for the second series of Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO investigation.
Series two is focused on a recently declassified Pentagon UFO video, which has excited the conspiracy theory community.
I would leave for something that I truly think can change the world
Tom DeLonge, To The Stars Academy
The series follows a wide range of UFO sightings, reports and personal testimonies, covering everything from Soviet technology to official