James Van Der Beek details his decision to move to Texas after his wife ...

James Van Der Beek details his decision to move to Texas after his wife ...
James Van Der Beek details his decision to move to Texas after his wife ...

James Van Der Beek has discussed his decision to relocate to Texas with his family following the passing of his mother Melinda Weber and his wife Kimberly's five miscarriages. 

The actor, 44 - who is known for his portrayal of Dawson Leery on Dawson's Creek - lost his mother in July 2020 while his partner, 44, lost five pregnancies, including two late-term. 

And the couple, who share five children, sat down with Hello! magazine to reflect on their life-changing losses and their move from Los Angeles to Austin.

Candid: James Van Der Beek has discussed his decision to relocate to Texas with his family following the passing of his mother Melinda Weber and his wife Kimberly's five miscarriages

Candid: James Van Der Beek has discussed his decision to relocate to Texas with his family following the passing of his mother Melinda Weber and his wife Kimberly's five miscarriages

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'We wanted to give the children space and we wanted them to live in nature' said the actor. 'It's a magical place. There's an energy [in Austin] that transcends any one religion or ideology.' 

James added that Texas appealed to him because it is 'different' and a 'hands-on way of life' which he has been craving. 

James and Kimberly tied the knot during an intimate ceremony in Israel in 2010, but the Covid-19 pandemic prevented them from celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary last August. 

Instead, they decided to take a trip to Austin as James' business consultant wife remembered feeling the positive 'energy' upon their arrival. 

Tragedy: The actor, 44 - who is known for his portrayal of Dawson Leery - lost his mother (pictured) in July 2020 while his partner, 44, lost five pregnancies, including two late-term

Tragedy: The actor, 44 - who is known for his portrayal of Dawson Leery - lost his mother (pictured) in July 2020 while his partner, 44, lost five pregnancies, including two late-term

Family man: 'We wanted to give the children space and we wanted them to live in nature' said the actor, who has five children with his partner

Family man: 'We wanted to give the children space and we wanted them to live in nature' said the actor, who has five children with his partner  

According to Kimberly, they went for a drive and meditated under a tree during their anniversary visit, to decide whether they should move.

She felt they needed a change of scenery after what they had endured, as she needed to be 'immersed' in nature to

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