Rob Kardashian Returns to Instagram, Shocks Fans With New Look

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Rob Kardashian has had endured many, many ups and downs over the course of his tumultuous career.

Actually, when you think about it, the downs have been plentiful, but the ups have been in short supply.

Of course, it's tough to feel all that terrible for the guy, as he brings most of this misfortune on himself.

But anyway ... 

Rob Kardashian, Blue Hat

These days, compared to the rest of his famous family members, Rob spends a lot of time in seclusion.

By which we mean he doesn't use social media or arrange paparazzi run-ins before he leaves the house.

He's certainly no shut-in, but by Kardashian standards, he's freakin' J.D. Salinger.

Rob Kardashian In a Pool

This might be a brilliant PR move, whether he thinks about it in such terms of not.

On the rare occasions when Rob does make an appearance on Instagram, fans act like it's some sort of major event.

These days, Rob very rarely posts his own pics, but his famous sisters occasionally share a photo, seemingly just to remind the world that he exists.

Rob and Khloe at Dinner

This time it was Kim's turn, and she shared the photo above along with a caption that we really could've done without.

"Dinner with my fave couples," Kim wrote alongside the photo.

She was referring to the fact that she was playing fifth wheel that night, as she was also joined by Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian.

Kourtney and Travis at Dinner

Yeah, we know Kim was joking, but given this family's long history of not knowing where to draw the line in terms of semi-incestuous behavior, maybe she should've joked about ... well, literally anything else.

Anyway, it's been a long time since we've had an update about Kris Jenner's only son.

Rob Kardashian Is Back

We know that Rob is dating again following his very messy split from Blac Chyna, but he must be doing so in out-of-the-way places, because he hasn't been spotted by the paps at any point in the past year.

As you can tell from the pic, Rob has shed a good amount of weight recently, and fans were quick to praise him for remaining committed to his health and fitness.

Rob Kardashian in a Cap

That's nice and all, but we always feel a little conflicted whenever Rob makes one of these mini-comebacks.

Yeah, he's a troubled guy who's been through some stuff ... but it's important to remember that Rob is no angel.

In fact, he's been credibly accused of some truly atrocious acts.

Bardashian

Let's not forget that this dude allegedly pointed a gun at Blac Chyna, among other many other shocking acts of abuse.

But while it's tough to fully support Rob, we're always fans of personal growth, and it's important to remember that he and Blac have a child to raise.

So anytime Rob is doing better - well, that's good news for 4-year-old Dream.

Rob with His Dream

"He wants to be the best dad possible and doesn't want to let her down. It has helped him find a pathway forward and a purpose," a source recently told E! News when asked about Rob's progress.

"He loves being able to spend time with Dream and seeing her with her cousins."

Rob and Chyna Photograph

The insider continued:

"He spends a lot of the time with the family and the kids, and he's been around a lot more."

Yes, it's good that Rob is showing up for the younger generation - but given how his romance with Chyna played out, maybe he should take a little more time before he jumps into another serious relationship.

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