On Monday night, James Van Der Beek, 42, broke the sad news that his wife Kimberly had suffered a miscarriage.
Before his Foxtrot, James said in a video package, “My wife Kimberly and I went through every expectant parent's worst nightmare. We lost the baby. 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. It's what I've been telling 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."
He dedicated his second performance to Kimberly, who was not present.
After the news broke, James shared a pic of Kimberly and their daughter at a hospital. He wrote on Instagram, “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.”
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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.
On Tuesday, Kimberly revealed on her Instagram Story, “I don't even know how I'm going to begin to respond to it all. So, I think I'll just have to do it here. We lost our baby boy… I almost lost my life.”
She noted that she would “dig into the details of what happened in the emergency room” at some point.
Kimberly also emphasized that she was “shocked” that James was sent home.
“Extra’s” Jenn Lahmers caught up with James’ pro dancer partner Emma Slater, who commented on their exit. She said, “It wasn’t really easy for James to come out and dance tonight… he almost didn’t come.”
“The experience that he went through with his wife and their kids just happened within 36 hours,” Emma added.
Emma also reflected on James’ growth on the show.
This week, James was in the bottom two with Ally Brooke, who even tried to offer her spot in the finals to him.
In October, James announced that he was expecting his sixth child with Kimberly.
Along with a clip of their first ultrasound, James revealed that they have suffered miscarriages in the past. He added, “Hearing the heartbeat was something we never take for granted.”
On Instagram, James went into more detail about their baby news. He wrote, “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.”
He also acknowledged past miscarriages: “@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.”