Back in November, we saw Abby Lee Miller back in the Dance Moms studio despite her battle with cancer.
It was immediately clear to fans that she was signaling her return to the series.
Now, she confirms that she's back with Dance Moms -- and reveals when they begin filming Season 8.
Abby Lee Miller shared this photo, displaying her excitement, alongside a caption filled with good news.
"OMG!" she exclaims. "Can you believe I’m going to film Season 8 of Dance Moms!"
We can believe it, and we've known for a while now.
But it is very nice to have confirmation.
"Yes, it’s official!" Abby confirms.
She then shares a detail: "We begin the end of Jan!"
It's been a good long while since viewers saw Miller on Dance Moms.
A huge part of that has been Miller's very real-life drama.
In the summer of 2017, she reported to prison for bankruptcy fraud.
She was out of prison and staying in a halfway home when she underwent emergency surgery for sudden paralysis.
That was when she was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a form of cancer that is rare in adults.
She has been undergoing treatment for months, and has had an additional emergency surgery.
That was not the only reason that some expected that Miller would never return to the show, however.
Just months before her incarceration, Miller posted a furious rant to Instagram, detailing her grievances with Lifetime.
"The majority of children that follow me may be fast asleep, however now is the critical time to make the following statement," Miller began.
"I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS," she declared in March of 2017.
"FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/ SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT," she wrote.
She wanted credit "FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES, AND COSTUMING - TO NO AVAIL!"
"I don't have a problem working with any kid," Miller emphasized.
"I love children," she claimed. "And have dedicated my life to making other people's children successful!"
"I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED - DAY IN AND DAY OUT," she declared.
She said that this was perpetrated "BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT!"
Clearly, she and Lifetime have patched things up to some degree.
She's back in the studio and, soon, will be back on camera.
Abby Lee Miller has been controversial for many years, largely over her treatment of the children on her show.
Many fans of Dance Moms hope that her experiences have softened her approach to how to speak to and instruct children.
Regardless of her reputation, we of course wish her a full recovery from her cancer.
Miller is currently dealing with a degree of paralysis that, as fans have seen on social media, has her making use of a wheelchair.
We hope that viewers will be sensitive to her situation when the new season finally airs.
In the mean time, it's encouraging to hear that it's officially filming.