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In his first direct comments to the press since his split from Christie Brinkley, her ex says he’s “okay,” despite going through a “tough time.”

That’s good. We were really worried that the man who cheated on Christie with his teenage assistant was holding up okay.

“It’s a personal time,” Peter Cook said Saturday, attending a fundraiser in East Hampton, N.Y. for the Ross School, which their son Jack attends. “It’s tough for anyone no matter who you are and tough for your kids, as well.”

Brinkley, 52, and Cook, 47, also have a daughter, Sailor, 8. Brinkley and former husband Billy Joel have a 20-year-old daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, and she and developer Richard Taubman have an 11-year-old son, Jack, whom Cook adopted after he and Brinkley wed in 1996.

The couple split in July after 10 years of marriage. The supermodel was said to be devastated after learning Cook had an affair with a teenager named Diana Bianchi.

Brinkley was also at the fundraiser, where she received an award from the school, but she and Cook carefully kept their distance from one another.

“This school is a really unique place,” she said. “Alexa spent seven years at this school. My son is in his second year and my daughter Sailor is going to come over as soon as possible.”

Alexa, a singer and musician, performed at the event. The supermodel and super mom said it was a special treat to see her eldest child because the two are “like ships passing in the night.”

“(Alexa) has been busy touring and running around. She has to leave right after the show to go do a Rolling Stone shoot tomorrow, which is great.”

It’s great to see Christie moving on with life. She’s taken the high road the entire time in regards to her impending divorce, a scandal that is now looking tame in comparison to the respective, drama-filled Reese Witherspoon and Britney Spears sagas.