Back in late November, we were all warned of an Alaskan Bush People imposter catfishing people as Gabe Brown.
That warning came via his little sister, Rain Brown, who has been acting as the unofficial spokesperson for the Brown family thanks to her powerful social media presence.
Well, after a long absence, Gabe Brown appears to be back on Instagram, folks. The real Gabe. And he has a new photo to prove it.
This selfie was the last that we saw on social media of Alaskan Bush People star Gabe Brown.
Posted back in August of 2017, it was followed by an absence of several months. To be fair, though, his hiatus didn't come out of nowhere.
In a series of now-deleted Instagram videos, Gabe suggested that he was considering stepping back from the internet while he battled a broken heart.
"I might quit social media altogether the only friend I wanted to follow me in the first place I guess blocked me I do appreciate all the friends I’ve made trying to regain my best one I lost."
That sounds devastating.
"But after FB it’s just not very fun anymore not good bey just see y’all later keep up the cool posts God bless you all have fun and laugh often your Instagram friend Gabe. Lots of love to everyone."
In the past, as in this photo, Gabe had made light of romantic misfortune.
This particular image, posted only weeks before his final selfie, was captioned:
"My romantic evening for one I have these too often lol."
Clearly, though, he found it hard to move on after rejection and we guess that being on social media either no longer held any interest or was simply too painful.
Or, perhaps, both.
Gabe Brown shared this blurry selfie out of nowhere on January 2nd.
He captioned his triumphant return to social media:
"I'm back [grinning emoji] moohaha"
(We think that the bit at the end was supposed to be a gregarious or even playfully sinister laugh, like muahaha or mwahaha, rather than sounding like the laughter of a nefarious cow)
That's great news!
Fans and followers were quick to welcome Gabe back with open arms, commenting:
"Welcome back I've missed talking with you."
"Nice to see you back on IG we all have hard times but you have the strongest family bond there is."
"Welcome back I would love to chat with you."
"So glad. I'm so sorry about your mom. My mom passed in 2002. I no how hard it can be. Love the show and you."
Some kept it short, sweet, and purely positive:
"Hi Gabe!! Happy New Year!"
Considering that Rain had clarified that Gabe was going through some tough times when she warned of the imposter, this is good news.
Good news for fans, sure, because they're happy to get updates on Gabe's well-being.
But also good news, in that it may be a sign that Gabe's emotional health is in a better place.
He's putting himself out there again, and that can only be a good thing, right?
We think so.