Christie Brinkley's Ex Says Split Is 'Tough'

Peter Cook tells PEOPLE he's "okay" despite going through a difficult time

In his first direct comments to the press since his split from Christie Brinkley, Peter Cook tells PEOPLE he’s “okay,” despite going through a “tough” time.

“It’s a personal time,” Cook said Saturday while 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, have a daughter, Sailor, 8. Brinkley and former husband Billy Joel have a 20-year-old daughter, Alexa, 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.

Brinkley was also at the fundraiser on Saturday, 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 told PEOPLE. “My daughter 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.”

In fact Alexa, a singer and musician, performed at the event. Brinkley said it was a special treat to see her daughter because the two are “like two ships passing in the night.”

Said Brinkley: “(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.”

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