On tonight’s episode of Dancing With The Stars, James Van Der Beek shared some devastating news. He and his wife, Kimberly, are mourning the loss of their sixth baby on the way.
“My wife Kimberly and I went through every expecting parent’s worst nightmare. We lost the baby,” Van Der Beek shared in an emotional video. “The little soul that we had expected to welcome into our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond.”
James later shared a post to Instagram to share the news as well. He featured a photo of his wife wearing what looks like a hospital gown while snuggling with her daughter.
In the caption, James shared, “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.” It appears Kimberly experienced some health issues that led to this devastating loss as James continued, “We’ve been through this before, but never this late in the pregnancy, and never accompanied by such a scary, horrific threat to Kimberly and her well-being. Grateful that she’s now recovering, but we’ve only just begun unpacking the layers of this one.”
James and Kimberly have suffered miscarriages before. When the couple chose to announce this pregnancy back in October, they did so in a public manner: on an episode of DWTS. James explained at the time, “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.”
We wish the Van Der Beek family comfort and peace during this very difficult time.