In case you’ve forgotten, there’s a sixth sibling in the Kardashian-Jenner clan, one who does not flood our social-media feeds on the daily: Rob Kardashian Jr.
The lone brother of Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie and the son of our fave momager, Kris Jenner, and the late Robert Kardashian is the most reclusive of the KarJenner fam. He has stayed out of the public eye and mostly off the family’s reality show, Keeping up With the Kardashians, for the past few years while struggling with depression and weight gain as well as going through a very public and very dramatic breakup with Blac Chyna, the mother of his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Dream Kardashian. Chyna is also the mother of King Cairo Stevenson, the son she shares with Tyga (a.k.a. Kylie Jenner’s ex), and the BFF of Amber Rose, the ex of Kim Kardashian’s current husband, Kanye West. (Are you keeping up?)
Since his split with Chyna, Rob has seemingly fallen off the face of the earth. Though he does have an Instagram account again (his previous one was suspended in 2017 after he posted nude photos of Chyna to without her consent), it is managed by Jenner Communications (it explicitly states “Rob Kardashian does not post to this account” in the bio) and mostly features promos for his sock line, Arthur George, his streetwear line, Halfway Dead, and KUWTK. Dream also makes an appearance on the feed from time to time.
But now the 32-year-old is seemingly making his way back into the limelight, and we’re convinced it means a Rob Kardashian comeback is imminent (and that Kris Jenner is behind it all). Below is our completely unscientific theory.
Exhibit A: The KarJenners post new pics of Rob for the first time in what feels like forever
This past weekend, both Kylie Jenner and Kris Jenner posted photos of Rob on their respective Instagram pages, something that we thought would never happen again. (Seriously, it’s been a hot minute since we’ve seen any pics of Rob on the social-media platform.)
Kris’ post featured herself and her son dressed up for Halloween. Rob was Papa Troll from the DreamWorks film Trolls while Kris was in full Día de los Muertos gear. (Side note: The photo was also posted on Rob’s Insta.)
Kylie’s post was a pic of Rob, Kendall and herself at Kendall’s 24th birthday party, marking Rob’s first public appearance in over a year. Kylie captioned the pic “5am birthday adventures with my two fav people.”
The choice of which KarJenners posted is interesting. Kylie is arguably Kris’ fave daughter right now (she is, after all, the youngest “self-made” billionaire ever) and has always seemed to have a good relationship with Rob (aside from the fact that he dated her ex-boyfriend’s ex). She is also tied with Kim for the most Instagram followers (150 million at time of publication) out of the whole family. If we think back to Lainey Lui’s theory of Kris as the coach of a championship team, it’s clear that the momager is putting her best player (Kylie) forward to assist with the comeback of a player who’s been benched for the past few years.
Exhibit B: The loving KarJenner comments
The rest of the KarJenner clan (except Kim) posted some supportive comments on the photos in a move that we can only imagine was, again, orchestrated by matriarch Kris. (We can just picture the fam group chat.) Kendall wrote “best bday present ever” on Kylie’s post, while Khloé commented “My favorite photo!!!” with three heart-eye emojis. On Rob’s Halloween post, Kourtney wrote “Obsessed with you” and Khloé called him “King.”
Exhibit C: The carefully chosen events and the “hook”
The KarJenners are known for snagging attention-grabbing headlines during the busiest times of year (ahem, Kylie Jenner’s baby announcement the night of the 2018 Super Bowl), so it seems like no coincidence that Rob’s “rare sightings” this past weekend were for three press-worthy events: Halloween, Kendall’s birthday party and Drake’s Halloween party. (Yes, he was there, too!) Additionally, Rob was looking noticeably slimmer than he was at the time of his last public sighting. He alluded to working on getting fit back in June when he tweeted that he was working out (perhaps planting the seed for a future comeback?), although he hasn’t documented his fitness journey since then. But after Rob’s sightings this weekend, a quick Google search of “Rob Kardashian” shows that the main “hook” of his “rare sighting” is, indeed, his weight loss. If it’s true that Rob’s re-emergence is the work of Kris Jenner, then we can assume that Kris wouldn’t let Rob make just any kind of comeback—it would have to be a dramatic reveal and it would have to happen during a special occasion (or three).
Exhibit D: The romance rumours
There is no Kardashian drama without some rumoured romance. So is it any coincidence that on the very weekend that Rob appears back on our feeds he’s also being linked to Kylie’s BFF, Anastasia Karanikolaou (a.k.a. Stassie)? According to TMZ, Rob was seen putting his hands around the 22-year-old influencer’s waist on his way into Kendall’s birthday bash. Sure, it might just have been a friendly hug, but the photos and videos definitely stirred up speculation.
As for what a Rob Kardashian Jr. comeback could possibly entail, we’re not quite sure. More appearances on KUWTK? Another clothing line? Either way, you know we’ll be keeping up.