James Van Der Beek Gives Update on How He and Wife Kimberly Are Coping after Her Recent Miscarriage
James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly Brook are just getting by in the aftermath of another loss following her miscarriage. The former DWTS contestant updated fans.
The actor was promptly eliminated soon after the tragic news aired, doubling his losses in a short time. It would have been Van Der Beek and Brook's sixth child.
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Thrilled beyond belief to announce that another little bundle of joy has picked us to be their family. We chose to have our first ultrasound on camera with our #DWTS crew capturing the result - something I NEVER thought we’d ever do... but @vanderkimberly and I have been through three of those first appointments to discover either no heartbeat, or no baby, and she wanted to share this moment. Miscarriage (a word that needs a replacement - nobody failed to “carry”, these things sometimes just happen) is something that people rarely talk about, and often go through in secret. But there needs to be zero shame around it, or around giving yourself the time and space to grieve. We decided to put ourselves out there - not knowing what we’d find - in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most. Happily, for us - this time- we walked out with tears of joy. #AndThenIDancedAQuickStep. • Pic by @jilliangoulding
Speaking at the finale of DWTS — where Hannah Brown came out the winner — James told People that much of the battle had been a physical one. He added: "Way tougher than any of the births."
He said the situation was a scary one, but for the night, he enjoyed the finale. Last week, Van Der Beek admitted that he only continued on the show because his wife convinced him to do so.
The pair also share Olivia, nine, Joshua, seven, Annabel Leah, five, Emilia, three, and Gwendolyn, one. They've been married since 2010. In that time, they've gone through three miscarriages — now four.
Last week, soon after he shared the news on DWTS, Van Der Beek also posted a heart-wrenching Instagram photo of his wife lying in the hospital bed with one of their daughters.
In the caption, he described feeling "wrecked, devastated, [and] in shock" because of what had happened. He noted that although they'd gone through the pain before, it was never this late in the pregnancy.
He said that the soul that would have joined their family had taken a shortcut to whatever lies beyond this life. And, though they don't know why it happened, it undoubtedly brought them closer together.
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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.
He thanked everyone for their love and support. Kimberly also reportedly thanked those who came to her side. Our hearts go out to the couple and their family.