Dancing With the Stars judges eliminated fan favorite James Van Der Beek Monday night. He was expected to make it to the finals, but that dream was cut short. James was going through his own personal tragedy, which judges could feel in his dancing. Over the weekend, James and his wife Kimberly lost their unborn baby which would have arrived in April. Now James is reaching out to fans after his incredibly painful week.
James reaches out to fans on social media
On Thursday, James reached out to fans on Instagram. He shared a photo from his last dance on DWTS. His caption was touching and heartfelt. James began the post by saying, “#DWTS Week 10, Dance #2: Foxtrot. My last dance.”
James continued his post by saying his intentions were to do a freestyle dance in the finals for all his fans. He followed this statement saying,”but maybe it’s best I leave you with this.” James went on, “I did this show hoping my kids would see me work hard… little did I know they’d see me brought to my knees.”
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My last dance. I’d been working for months with the intention of leaving you with a freestyle in the finals, but maybe it’s best I leave you with this. I did this show hoping my kids would see me work hard… little did I know they’d see me brought to my knees. Before our personal tragedy, I’d been trying to figure out a way to explain to my kids why I’d found it so important to support my cast even though they were technically my competitors. And then they saw me need their support. And accept it. It’s not the Olympics… it’s a reality dance show. But it’s also a family. Thank you to my partner and friend for life @theemmaslater for being so open and strong and talented, to the entire cast of pros for the mini master-classes and the wordless hugs, and the entire crew, from our segment producers to wardrobe, HMU, grips, P.A.’s and the band. Thank you for the safe, loving pocket you provided when I needed it most. And to all of you who’ve allowed me to share this personal and creative journey with you… thank you for all the good vibes and prayers. @vanderkimberly and I have needed them, and they’ve helped. We’re all in this together. That’s what this experience has shown me first hand – that interconnectedness is not just a nice, altruistic notion… it’s the only way we’re ever going to make it through. So thank you for your support. I’ll see you on the next dance floor. ❤️
The former Dawson’s Creek star talked about mutual support
James shared that prior to their personal tragedy he had been trying to find a way to explain his support for other cast members. This was something important to James even though his fellow cast members were also his competition. He said then the tables were turned and he and his wife needed their support in a much different way. And they lived up to that expectation and need.
He went on to say, “It’s not the Olympics… it’s a reality dance show. But it’s also a family.”
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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.
James thanks his partner, everyone on set
Next, James thanked his partner, Emma Slater. He thanked her for being strong, talented and open. After that he thanked everyone on set he could think of. Everyone from wardrobe, to grips, to segment producers were mentioned in his heartfelt thanks.
James said, “Thank you for the safe, loving pocket you provided when I needed it most. And to all of you who’ve allowed me to share this personal and creative journey with you… thank you for all the good vibes and prayers.”
He concluded his post by saying, “We’re all in this together. That’s what this experience has shown me first hand – that interconnectedness is not just a nice, altruistic notion… it’s the only way we’re ever going to make it through. So thank you for your support. I’ll see you on the next dance floor. ❤️.”
Thoughts and prayers go out to James and his family as they make their way through this tough time.
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