With the premiere of Season 7B of Dance Moms airing tonight (Aug. 1), fans of the reality dancing show want to know: Is Chloe Lukasiak returning to the series? The 16-year-old fan favorite departed in 2014 after ALDC coach Abby Lee Miller poked fun at her eye.
Viewers of the show know all too well the rough time Chloe went through after she was diagnosed with silent sinus syndrome, a medical condition that caused one side of her face to become asymmetrical to the other. Coach Miller at the time called it a "lazy eye." Chloe and her mother left the series soon after.
But now that things are switching up on the Dance Moms set — what with Miller's departure and Dancing With the Stars alum Cheryl Burke stepping in as choreographer — Chloe wants her fans to know that she's back for Season 7B!
"It was pretty insane and out of nowhere," Chloe revealed to Seventeen about her return. "There were a lot of reasons why my mom and I left and I hadn’t really left the show on good terms. It was a little weird, but I was also really excited. I got to see my friends and be on my team again and it was really crazy. I was backstage at a competition at one point and I was like, 'I can’t believe I'm back again.'"
Don't for a second think that Chloe's amicable return marks the end of drama, though. She may be back, Abby may be gone, but the dance star promises Season 7B will bring all the drama viewers of the show are accustomed to.
"You can expect a lot of drama from the show, lots of crying. I cried so much," she continued. "And all of the dances I've done on the most recent season I've really loved. The last number of the season is amazing. But you have to keep an open mind this season because it does change a lot and it's going to be a little different than what fans are used to. I think the change was good for all of us."
Keep reading to see then and now pictures of the cast. They've really changed over the years!