If there is one thing that makes James Van Der Beek the proudest, it’s the role he plays as the dad of his five kids. The beloved Dawson’s Creek alum became a father for the first time in 2010 after he and Kimberly Brook welcomed their first child, Olivia.
Since then, the Varsity Blues hunk and his gorgeous wife have become the parents of five little bundles of joy. In October 2013, James — who is also the dad of Joshua, Annabel, Emilia and Gwendolyn — opened up about the transition of becoming a parent.
“I think fatherhood changes you from the inside out,” James gushed to People at the time. “It’s not this thing where you think, ‘Oh, I have to be responsible, I have to take more on.’ You just want to, almost automatically.”
While James and Kimberly, who tied the knot in 2010, have enjoyed tons of amazing memories with their big brood, they’ve also experienced their fair share of struggles. In October 2019, the Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 actor revealed his wife previously suffered three miscarriages while trying for baby No. 6. James shared the news while announcing they were pregnant again.
The Dancing With the Stars alum gave fans a heartbreaking update the following month in November 2019. During an episode of the hit CBS reality competition, James informed viewers that his wife miscarried for a fourth time.
“My wife Kimberly went through every expectant parent’s worst nightmare. We lost the baby,” the mourning father explained on live TV. “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. That’s what I’ve been telling my kids.”
Seven months later, James revealed his auburn-haired beauty lost a fifth pregnancy in June 2020. “Once again, 17 weeks in,” he wrote on Instagram at the time. “The soul we’d been excited to welcome into the world had lessons for our family that did not include joining us in a living physical body.”
Despite the heartbreak, James and Kimberly couldn’t feel more grateful for their five beautiful children.
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