Sometimes through the most unthinkable heartbreak and tragedy, the show must go on. James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly Brook lost their baby in a miscarriage—and Brook almost lost her life. Yet shortly afterward, Van Der Beek returned to Dancing with the Stars to dance what would be his final two numbers.
“My wife Kimberly and I went through every expecting parents’ worst nightmare,” Van Der Beek told Dancing with the Stars before the show. “We lost the baby. 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 considered dropping out of Dancing with the Stars’ twenty-eighth season after the miscarriage, but from the hospital bed his wife said, “I am not done watching you dance.”
Previously in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Van Der Beek opened up about how supportive his wife was and how she’d attended every single show. Naturally, she continued to show support by encouraging him to dance regardless of what had happened to them.
On his final show, Van Der Beek danced to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” and Jamiroquai’s “Canned Heat” with partner Emma Slater. Though the pair did not move on to the next round, the judges commended Van Der Beek on the energy he brought despite the awful circumstances.
Van Der Beek remained positive on social media.
“Thank you to all of our friends and co-workers (and dance partners) who have shown up for us so beautifully during this time,” he posted on his Instagram account. “As many 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.”
Dancing partner Slater responded with, “You both are the strongest people I know. I’m always here for you and your whole family James. Thank you for sharing this with so many people, you don’t know what that means to those who have been through what you have been through. My love is always with you guys. I’m so sorry for your loss.”
Van Der Beek and Brook, who have five children together, wed in Tel Aviv in August 2010 and gave birth to their first child in September 2010. In October of this year, Van Der Beek announced on Instagram the family would be welcoming another bundle of joy. At this time, he opened up about three previous miscarriages.
“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,” he said in the post.
During this hard time for the family, Van Der Beek continues to remain as positive as can be and seems to be taking the healthiest for his family. If you’d like to see more about this, please visit CNN’s posting on the news.
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