Former Congressman Aaron Schock comes out of hiding (but not the closet)

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.)

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.)

Breaking news, everyone! Former Republican state congressman from Illinois and Downton Abbey superfan Aaron Schock is back on Instagram after a year-and-a-half hiatus.

The 35-year-old, totally-not-gay-100-percent-heterosexual, watersports-loving ex-lawmaker has been laying low for over a year now after resigning from the House of Representatives in March 2015 amid allegations of misusing campaign donations and taxpayer money to pay for things like lavish office renovations, luxury travel expenses, and tickets to Katy Perry concerts.

After relinquishing his seat, Schock’s once very active social media accounts went completely dark. He stopped posting daily updates about his life on Twitter or sharing half-naked pictures of himself on Instagram. He also stopped posing shirtless on Men’s magazine covers, making public appearances, or granting interviews to media outlets.

In fact, one of the only times Schock has been seen in recent months was back in April when he was spotted sipping a fruity cocktail by candlelight with an attractive male companion at a romantic D.C. waterfront restaurant. Other than that, he and his turquoise belt have been totally M.I.A.

Until now.

On Tuesday, Mr. Schock made his hotly anticipated return to Instagram after 83 long weeks away by posting this:

It’s a far cry from some of the stuff he used to post, which included things like this:

More than one way to meet the ice bucket challenge! #alsa #icebucketchallenge http://vimeo.com/m/103953810

A photo posted by Aaron Schock (@aaronschock) on

And this:

And this:

Working out with my new best friend Ross Thomas – owner of HartFit #crossfit

A photo posted by Aaron Schock (@aaronschock) on

But, hey, maybe he wants to take things slow?

At the start of this year, we predicted Colton Haynes would come out of the closet (he did), Kim Davis would fall into obscurity (she has), Donald Trump would go down in flames (he currently is), and Hillary Clinton would be elected the next President of the United States (we remain cautiously optimistic). We also predicted that Aaron Schock would mount a comeback.

Could this be the start of a brand new Schock era? Only time will tell.

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