James Van Der Beek Expecting First Child With Girlfriend

Friday, Apr 9, 2010  |  Updated 5:15 PM EDT
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James Van Der Beek Expecting First Child With Girlfriend

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Varsity Blues star James Van Der Beek and his new girlfriend, model Kimberly Brook, stepped out for the first time Dec. 9 at an event promoting a Kilimanjaro climb to raise awareness about the need for clean water. Van Der Beek split from his wife of 6 years last summer.

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"Dawson" is going to be a dad.

James Van Der Beek confirmed he and girlfriend Kimberly Brook are gearing up to be parents.

"Yes, it's true - the woman I love and I are expecting our first child," James wrote on his Twitter page on Friday afternoon.

The star, who as a 20-something played Dawson Leery on the hit WB series, "Dawson's Creek," said he is overwhelmed by his baby news.

"currently experiencing joy on levels I never knew existed," he added.

James, 33, met Kimberly, who is a business consultant, last July, according to People.

Just last month, James and Heather McComb finalized the terms of their divorce after nearly seven years of marriage. Their divorce becomes official on June 3.

According to court paperwork obtained by the Associated Press, James and Heather separated months before he officially filed for divorce in November 2009.

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