James Van Der Beek’s wife has suffered a miscarriage.
Kimberly Van Der Beek has lost the couple’s sixth child a month after announcing she was pregnant.
“My wife Kimberly went through every expectant parent’s worst nightmare. We lost the baby,” the Dawson’s Creek star shared during Monday night’s episode of U.S. competition show Dancing with the Stars. “The little soul that we had expected to welcome into our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond. You never know why these things happen.”
He then dedicated his performance to his wife, adding, “Kimberly, from her hospital bed, said to me, ‘I am not done watching you dance’. Kimberly, I love you. When words fail, you sing. When there are no words, you dance. Kimberly, I’m dancing for you, I’m dancing for us.”
He later took to social media and revealed the sad news had left the family “wrecked” and “devastated”.
“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,” he wrote.
“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.”
Back in September, 2018, Kimberly revealed she had previously suffered three miscarriages.
James and Kimberly, who married in 2010, are parents to daughters Gwendolyn, 16 months, Emilia, three, Annabel Leah, five, and Olivia, nine, as well as son Joshua, seven.