The name Tom DeLonge has been known in the American entertainment industry for a very long time. He is a recognized musician and songwriter as well as an actor and filmmaker. Outside of entertainment, Tom is also fascinated by conspiracy theories, so at one time he had to leave one of the bands he founded – Blink-182 – to prove that aliens exist. Read more about him below, including his fortune, family, and children.
Tom Delonge’s Biography, Age
On December 13, 1975, Tom was born in Poway, California, the son of Thomas DeLonge Sr. (father) and Connie Delonge (mother) and baptized Thomas Matthew DeLonge Jr. Tom’s father worked as a senior executive for an oil company while his mother worked as a mortgage broker. He has siblings in his family; an older brother named Shon and a younger sister named Kari.
As a child, Tom Delonge loved skateboarding very much and spent much of his young life skateboarding in Poway, he also wanted to be a fireman when he grew up, and that is why he joined the San Diego Cadet Program. As for school, DeLonge Jr. attended Poway High School before being expelled in his junior year in 1991 for being caught playing basketball in high school. After his expulsion, Tom enrolled at Rancho Bernardo High School, which he graduated from in 1993. He was so popular in Poway that when he returned to school in his senior year, the majority of students voted him homecoming king.
Tom’s romance with music began when he was given a guitar for his 11th birthday, he began learning to play the instrument and writing his own songs. The young musician’s first audience was his sister and brother, who gave him enthusiastic reviews to encourage him even more.
After being expelled from Poway High School, he met Kerry Key and Anne Hoppus (Kerry’s bae) at Rancho Bernardo High School, and the trio formed an American rock band called Blink-182 in 1992. The band first recorded several demos before releasing their first studio album, Cheshire Cat (1995). This was followed by Dude Ranch (1997), Enema of the State (1999), Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001), Blink-182 (2003), Neighborhoods (2011), and California (2016).
While Tom Delonge was a member of the band Blink-182, he was also involved in other bands, from which he recorded other musical works for his and his bandmates’ benefit. With the band Box Car Racer, consisting of Travis Barker (drums, percussion), David Kennedy (lead guitar), Anthony Celestino (bass guitar), and Tom himself, who played rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals, they released the singles “I Feel So” and “There Is” in 2002 and 2003. The band’s only album of the same name, Box Car Racer, was released in 2002.
After the successes he recorded with his second band, Tom Delonge then joined another alternative rock band called Angels and Airwaves. Most notably, they produced several albums such as We Don’t Need to Whisper (2006), I-Empire (2007), Love (2010), Love: Part 2 (2011), and The Dream Walker (2014), all of which were very successful and stormed the charts with various songs.
Certainly, not everything in his life was about music, Delonge ventured into business in 1998 and has a personal interest in businesses that span various niches. His businesses include Really Likable People (RLP), a holding group, Loserkids.com – a website focusing on youth clothing, Atticus Clothing (founded with Dylan Anderson and Hoppus), Macbeth Footwear, which focuses on rock music-inspired shoes.
He also invested in the technology sector with Modlife, which no longer exists. Modlife focused on rewarding and monetizing various aspects of an artist’s work. For his interest in extraterrestrial life, the musician founded the Strange Times website, which focuses on paranormal activity, conspiracy theories, extraterrestrial life, and cryptozoology.
Music is indeed a rewarding career if you prove yourself a talented musician. Tom DeLonge has been well rewarded in this regard for the years he has invested in creating songs that delight the hearts of so many people. The guitarist’s net worth is reportedly around $80 million, much of which comes from his income as a musician.
Family – Wife, Kids
Tom Delonge is married to his high school girlfriend Jennifer Jenkins, with whom he has been dating since 1996. They were married on May 26, 2001, in Coronado, California, on San Diego Bay. Their union produced two children: a daughter born in 2002 named Ava Elizabeth DeLonge and her younger brother born in 2006 named Jonas Rocket DeLonge.
There were no rumors of separation, nor was the marriage between the two of them dragged in the mud for any reason. For all we know, Tom Delonge and his wife Jennifer Jenkins are having the best time of their lives as husband and wife, and we hope that this will continue for a long time to come.
Height and Other Facts
The musician stands at an impressive height of 6 feet 3 inches or 1.93 m.
His star sign is Sagittarius (November 23 and December 21), since he was born on December 13.
Tom DeLonge has found rock bands like Blink-182, Box Car Racer, and Angels & Airwaves during his career.
After high school, Tom DeLonge worked as a construction worker, driving diesel trucks, and doing pipe and concrete work to make ends meet.
He released his first solo album on April 21, 2015. The album was entitled To the Stars… Demos, Odds, and Ends.
Tom DeLonge revealed in 2015 that he actually left Blink-182 to continue his research on an unidentified flying object. He explained that he had always had a passion for space and for what the future would bring.