James Van Der Beek has uprooted his life from LA and moved to Texas, following a rough year that he detailed in an Instagram post this week.
The Dawson’s Creek alum, 43, revealed in an extremely candid post that a string of unfortunate events helped him make the decision to move his family – wife Kimberly and their five children, Gwendolyn, 2, Emilia, 4, Annabel Leah, 6, Joshua, 8, and Olivia, 9 – to Texas.
“In the last 10 months, we’ve had two late-term pregnancy losses, each of which put @vanderkimberly in the hospital,” the actor wrote, “we spent Christmas break thinking she had a tumor (the doctor was wrong, thank god), a business colleague I hired hijacked the project and stabbed me in the back, I was prematurely booted off a reality dancing show I was favored to win in front of the whole world, and my mom died.”
“And a shutdown,” he continued, referring to the coronavirus pandemic. “All of that led to some drastic changes in our lives, and dreams, and priorities … and landed us here.”
“Overflowing with profound gratitude today,” Van Der Beek added.
The star first announced that his family were moving back in September, after sharing photos of his empty Beverly Hills home.
“Sometimes a fuller life begins with an empty house,” the captioned the shots. “Leaving Los Angeles incredibly grateful for all the friends and memories we’ve made here. Onto the next big adventure!”
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The family have been posting their journey to Texas on social media, with the actor posting a photo of his family at the Grand Canyon in Arizona on October 3.
“I visited #GrandCanyon when I was a kid. And despite the chaos of the past thirty years … she’s still there,” he wrote. “Unchanged by all the stupid stuff we’ve been up to. Was reminded today just how small we are, and how temporary our time here is. #MakeItCount.”
When arriving in New Mexico, he also shared a video of a paraglider in the sky, detailing how every day restrictions in LA was the reason why he moved.
“At the park in Beverly Hills near the house we just moved away from … you were not allowed to fly a KITE,” he wrote.
“Also not allowed at any park in #BeveryHills: Riding a bicycle, climbing a tree, throwing a ball against a cinder-block wall, learning anything from an instructor, using weights, cones or any type of pad, wearing cleats (even rubber ones), and you couldn’t use the batting cage built next to the baseball field.
“Not saying I need to fly a parachute with a fan strapped to my back like this guy … but when people ask why we’re moving our kids out of L.A. these are just some of the reasons. More to come …”
Earlier this week, fans finally saw Van Der Beek document the home stretch of their road trip.
“When I was a kid, I used to think freedom would be finally having the things I’d dreamed of having. It wasn’t. Then I thought freedom would be having no attachment to anything. It wasn’t,” he captioned a video of himself driving through a large empty field.
“Now, in the midst of a move to a new state 1500 miles from any place I’ve ever lived … I’m starting to feel like freedom is daring to love with all of your heart … and having the courage to put what you love first. I’m working on it …”