James Van Der Beek cites DWTS shutdown and early exit as reasons to move from Los Angeles to Texas

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James Van Der Beek cited health incidents in his family, the death of his mother and the ongoing pandemic as the reasons he and his family traveled to Texas last month.

James, 43, took to Instagram on Tuesday with a series of stunning nature photos of himself and his children with wife Kimberly, 38 – Olivia, 10, Joshua, eight, Annabel, six, Emilia, four, and two-year-old Gwendolyn – in the spacious nature of their new home in Austin, Texas.

Van Der Beek, who rose to fame playing Dawson Leery on the Dawson’s Creek show, wrote, “And… we landed,” before examining the situation that led him and his family to move to the Lone Star State.

Latest: James Van Der Beek, 43, cited his family’s health incidents, the death of his mother and the ongoing pandemic as the reasons he and his family traveled to Texas last month. He posed with his children in a photo of their new home

“In the last ten months,” he wrote, “we’ve had two late pregnancy losses, each putting @vanderkimberly in the hospital, we spent Christmas vacation 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 kicked from a reality tv show i I was favored to win in front of the world, and my mom passed away.

“And a stop. It all led to drastic changes in our lives, our dreams and our priorities… and brought us here.

The actor, who has also been seen on Varsity Blues, One Tree Hill and CSI: Cyber, said he was “overflowing with deep gratitude” amid the change in his life.

Kimberly explained why the family were looking to leave Los Angeles in August on The Make Down podcast: “I think we’re in a time when people want to put a little more roots in nature. “

New start: the actor shared photos of his new home in Texas

New start: the actor shared photos of his new home in Texas

Natural beauty: The Varsity Blues actor shared an idyllic photo of a sunset from this Texas home

Natural beauty: The Varsity Blues actor shared an idyllic photo of a sunset from this Texas home

Family: James, 43, and his wife Kimberly, 38, are the parents of five children - Olivia, 10, Joshua, eight, Annabel, six, Emilia, four, and Gwendolyn, two.

Family: James, 43, and his wife Kimberly, 38, are parents of five children – Olivia, 10, Joshua, eight, Annabel, six, Emilia, four, and Gwendolyn, two.

She said Los Angeles “has been a magical place for many years” in her life, making the move emotional: “So much life has been lived here, I am going to go through a process to leave. I mean, I gave birth to three children in the house where I live.

“But you know, I have to get out of the concrete jungle a bit.

Last month, James posted a photo of Kimberly and the children gathered around a tree in the house they are moving from.

James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly announced they were heading to Texas last month

James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly announced they were heading to Texas last month

Home: Kimberly said Los Angeles 'was a magical place for many years' in her life, making the move emotional

Home: Kimberly said Los Angeles “was a magical place for many years” in her life, making the move emotional

Sentimental: The actor posted a photo of Kimberly and their five children - Olivia, 10, Joshua, eight, Annabel, six, Emilia, four and Gwendolyn, two - gathered around a tree at the house they are moving from.

Sentimental: The actor posted a photo of Kimberly and their five children – Olivia, 10, Joshua, eight, Annabel, six, Emilia, four and Gwendolyn, two – gathered around a tree at the house they are moving from.

“Sometimes a fuller life starts with an empty house,” he said in the caption. “Leave Los Angeles incredibly grateful for all the friends and memories we have made here. Towards the next great adventure!

In an Instagram post last month, Kimberly said, “Today we left our home in Beverly Hills to embark on a new adventure in Texas” and the family adopted a pair of rescue puppies named Windsor. and Able before their trip.

Kimberly took to Instagram Stories with a series of snaps documenting the family’s move, including snaps from inside a moving van, and saying goodbye to their neighbors.

Fun moment: Kids and family friends posed for a photo amid the family move

Fun moment: Kids and family friends posed for a photo amid the family move

Kimberly, 38, took to Instagram with a series of snaps documenting the family's move

She shared a photo of her children from inside a moving van

Kimberly took to Instagram on Wednesday with a series of snaps documenting the family’s move, including shots of the interior of the empty house and a moving van

Last month, James posted a message of optimism amid uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic and social change.

“There is so much to do right now,” he wrote. “To all of my fellow activists – especially those who fight for causes that are not elective for them – be sure to take care of yourself. Get out into nature. Invest time and energy in the people who love you.

“Remember there is still a goodness and order in this existence that transcends politics, skin pigmentation, man-made systems, viruses and anything that might generate a push notification on your phone.

He continued, “So keep fighting the good fight. But make sure you love yourself first… enough to maintain a connection to what moves and loves you back.

Dawson’s Creek is available to stream on Stan in Australia

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