“Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek revealed tragic news on “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday night.
His wife, Kimberly, pregnant with the couple’s sixth child, suffered a miscarriage over the weekend.
“It’s every expectant parent’s worst nightmare. We lost the baby,” an emotional Van Der Beek said in his video opening before his second dance. “The little soul we expected to welcome into our family took the shortcut to whatever lies beyond.”
The father of five was devastated by the news.
“You never know why these things happen. That’s what I have been telling the kids,” he said. “But it brings you closer together. It makes you more human.”
Van Der Beek said he didn’t expect to be dancing in the semifinals Monday.
“Kimberly, from her hospital bed, said to me, ‘I’m not done watching you dance.’ ” said Van Der Beek.
On her Instagram story Monday, Kimberly shared more details about her miscarriage but said she isn’t ready to “talk further about everything yet.”
“Thank you, everyone, for all the love,” she said. “In 48 hours we lost our baby boy by the way, and I almost lost my life, which is not a story that has been told, but at some point I can dig into the details with you guys about what happened in the emergency room.”
Kimberly added she was “pretty shocked” at her husband’s elimination from the ABC competition show, which occurred the same night he shared the tragedy on air.
Van Der Beek and his partner, Emma Slater, landed in the bottom two against Ally Brooke and her partner, Sasha Farber. After the judges chose to eliminate Van Der Beek, Brooke tried to give him her spot, but to no avail.
“It is worth noting that Ally is a beautiful dancer, and we love her like family, and she tried to give her spot to James,” Kimberly continued. “She tried quitting the show, little angel. But yeah, I’m not really ready to talk further about everything yet, but at some point I will.”
After telling his wife he loved her, Van Der Beek danced a tango to “Take Me to Church.”
“I’m dancing for you. I’m dancing for us,” he said. “Here we go.”
Before: Van Der Beek, wife Kimberly Brook were ‘thrilled’ to be expecting their sixth child
He ended the routine sobbing audibly on the floor with his professional partner, Emma Slater.
After the dance ended, Van Der Beek took his crying daughter Olivia, 9, from the audience and held her.
“When tragedy strikes, it puts everything into perspective. I admire you so much,” said judge Len Goodman.
Van Der Beek said on Instagram that the miscarriage was late in the pregnancy, leading to her health complications. He add of his wife, “(I’m) grateful that she’s now recovering.”
“Wrecked. Devastated. In shock. That’s how we’re feeling right now,” Van Der Beek wrote on Instagram before the show next to a picture of his wife and daughter.
“But we’ve only just begun unpacking the layers of this one,” he wrote. “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.”
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In the October Instagram post announcing the pregnancy, Van Der Beek said the couple was “thrilled beyond belief.” He even took “DWTS” cameras to the couple’s first ultrasound appointment.
He admitted at the time that it was “something I NEVER thought we’d ever do” after going through several miscarriages.
Van Der Beek said his family opened themselves up to help end shame surrounding miscarriage, “a word that needs a replacement” because “nobody failed to ‘carry,’ ” he said.
The couple, who tied the knot in 2010, share daughters Olivia, 9, Annabel Leah, 5, Emilia, 3, Gwendolyn, 1, and son Joshua, 7.
Kimberly posted a video on Instagram Monday, saying, “It was a TOUGH weekend. Extra thankful right now to have help with my kids. Keeping these cuties happy as can be while I replenish at home.”
Contributing: Charles Trepany