Former Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek revealed on Monday’s Dancing With The Stars that his wife, Kimberly Brook, suffered a miscarriage on Saturday.
The actor announced they were expecting a sixth child on the show early last month. Sadly, this was the fourth miscarriage the couple have experienced.
Heartbreak in the ballroom as James Van Der Beek was eliminated after revealing his family's tragic loss. Here's more on the recap from the Dancing with the Stars semi-finals: gma.abc/345EOys
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“My wife Kimberly and I went through every expectant parents’ worst nightmare,” Van Der Beek explained in the introductory video to his second dance of the night. “We lost the baby. The little soul that we had expected to welcome into our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond.”
Van Der Beek continued, “You never know why these things happen… Still have to tell my kids. All you know is that it brings you closer together. It breaks you open. It opens up your heart. It deepens your appreciation. It makes you more human.”
Van Der Beek said he did not think he would appear on the show, but Kimberly called him up to tell him to go through with it. “Kimberly, I love you,” he said.
HEARTBREAKING LOSS: Our thoughts and prayers go out to James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly. James announced on Dancing With The Stars tonight that "we lost the baby." 😢
Van Der Beek and his pro dance partner, Emma Slater, then danced a Foxtrot to Hozier’s “Take Me To Church.”
After the dance, Erin Andrews let Van Der Beek speak directly to Kimberly.
“Kimberly, I love you. Thank you,” James Van Der Beek said. “Thank you for pushing me on to the dance floor. Thank you for everything you do and I don’t know how you do it. Five kids. You’re amazing. Thank you.”
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Wrecked. Devastated. In shock. That’s how we’re feeling right now after the soul we thought were going to welcome into our family in April… has taken a short cut to whatever lies beyond this life. We’ve been through this before, but never this late in the pregnancy, and never accompanied by such a scary, horrific threat to @vanderkimberly and her well-being. Grateful that she’s now recovering, but we’ve only just begun unpacking the layers of this one. Thank you to all of our friends and co-workers (and dance partners) who have shown up for us so beautifully during this time. As many of you have said, “There are no words…” and it’s true. Which is why in a time like this it’s enough to know that you’re there. Grieving AND counting our blessings today.