Mark Hoppus didn’t mean to share that he had cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy to his one million followers on Instagram back in June.
The Blink-182 bassist originally meant to share a photo of himself receiving chemotherapy to his “Close Friends” group story on Instagram, but accidentally hit the wrong settings before hitting publish.
Hoppus, who is 49 years old and now cancer-free, realized his mistake after his concerned manager reached out to ask if he had shared the photo of himself receiving chemotherapy on purpose.
Shortly after that he started receiving calls from radio stations as well as friends and family who he hadn’t been able to share the news with just yet.
“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?’” he told GQ magazine inside their December issue.
Despite the mistake, Hoppus admits that he felt a sense of relief once the news was finally made public.
“Maybe part of me subconsciously posted it to my main, but I definitely didn’t do it on purpose,” he shared. “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.”
Later that day he shared an official statement about his health on Twitter. One month later he revealed more intimate details about his cancer, including that he was battling Stage 4 lymphoma.
But, thankfully, Hoppus was cancer-free and definitely did not share that news by mistake.
“Thank you God and universe and friends and family and everyone who sent support and kindness and love,” he wrote in a post on Instagram on Sept. 29.
The singer added that he still needs to get scanned every six months but that he felt “blessed” to be rid of the disease.