This article was originally published on October 9, 2019. It was updated on November 19, 2019.
Content warning: This post discusses miscarriage, and may be triggering to some readers.
The Dawson’s Creek actor, who is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars in the US, shared the news that they were expecting their sixth child on the reality show in October after allowing cameras to film his wife’s first ultrasound appointment.
On Monday night’s episode, however, the 42-year-old actor shared the news that Kimberly had suffered a miscarriage over the weekend.
“My wife Kimberly and I went through every expecting parent’s worst nightmare. We lost the baby,” he said in a video package.
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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.
“The little soul that we had expected to welcome into family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond,” he continued.
“You never know why these things happen, that’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.”
Van Der Beek also shared a post to Instagram, adding that they would’ve welcomed their new addition in April.