AceShowbiz - James Van Der Beek is a dad again.
The former Dawson's Creek star and his wife Kimberly welcomed their fifth child together on Friday, June 15.
They're calling the little girl Gwendolyn.
James celebrated Father's Day on Sunday, June 17, by counting his blessings as he revealed the baby news via a statement.
"Thrilled to announce we welcomed a brand new baby girl into the world Friday morning, just in time for #FathersDay," Van Der Beek wrote on Instagram. "These last few days, as I've enjoyed the privilege of making smoothies I know my older kids will like, making my wife red raspberry leaf tea to ease her uterine contractions, spending 'boy time' with my son and getting my two year-old down for a nap in the way only I know how... I've been heart sick about something."
"Every child awakens a different energy in you... and this one has been bringing up the truth ever since we found out she was on her way," the actor said. "I've been in bliss these last few days, but I've also been feeling the pain of parents who have been separated from their kids, and the terror those poor kids must be in right now."
"I live an incredibly privileged life... and the last thing I want would be to politicize a birth... but this is human rights abuse. It just didn't seem right to bask in my privilege and blessings and not bring attention to it".
Thrilled to announce we welcomed a brand new baby girl into the world Friday morning, just in time for #FathersDay 😍 These last few days, as I’ve enjoyed the privilege of making smoothies I know my older kids will like, making my wife red raspberry leaf tea to ease her uterine contractions, spending “boy time” with my son and getting my two year-old down for a nap in the way only I know how... I’ve been heart sick about something. As I write this, kids are being ripped from the arms of their parents. By our government. For the kid’s benefit? No - the opposite - as a purposeful display of cruelty to deter would-be illegal border crossers AND legal asylum seekers (it’s happening to both). And it wouldn’t be honest to wax poetic about my new-baby bliss without speaking up against this atrocity. If we allow our government to de-humanize fathers, and mothers, and children in the name of defending our borders... we’ve lost a huge part what makes those borders worth defending. And even if you don’t believe in karma, or in extending basic human decency to people who didn’t win the geographic birth lottery... even if you’re hard-liner enough to say, “Break the law, suffer the consequences,” shouldn’t the punishment at least fit the crime? And if you’re still cold enough to say, “Well, it’s effective,” consider this: This heinous practice was put into place by our own attorney general (who justified it with a cherry-picked Bible verse), and our president blamed rivals before tweeting his list of legislative demands to be met before he stops it. Regardless of how you feel about immigration, or a wall, or this president... if we say we’re okay with our government using human rights violations as a deterrent or as a bargaining chip... what happens when we find ourselves on the wrong side of the agenda? Either in this administration or the next? This should not be a political issue - it’s a human one. A crime against humanity is a crime against us all. More info in link in my bio. Oh, and @vanderkimberly - you’re a f*cking earth goddess rock star and I’m as in awe of you as I am in love with you. And our new baby’s name is Gwendolyn ❤️ #HappyFathersDay everybody.
James, who is also dad to Emilia, two, Annabel Leah, four, Joshua, six, and seven-year-old Olivia, was referring to the children of immigrants to the U.S. who are being hunted down and sent back to where they came from by government officials.
He also lightened his post with a special message to his wife, adding: "Oh, and @vanderkimberly - you're a f**king earth goddess rock star and I'm as in awe of you as I am in love with you".