“The thing that I’m most proud about this great woman who married, and I really do mean that from the bottom of my heart, is that together she has given me four incredible gifts ... four beautiful children,” Contactmusic quoted him as telling in an interview with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
“She is still, in my opinion, the most wonderful woman in the world. I think our priority was to remain civil and do this thing with dignity. We still very much love each other.
“To say that neither of us were grieving would be an out-and-out lie, and I don't mind telling you that.”
The 48-year-old star said that he would continue wearing his wedding ring as a token of how he feels about the model.
“I think we were shocked. You go into these things with the greatest intentions when you say I do and you say ‘til death do us part.’ Those vows hold value. They are not just words.
“I think it’s just pretty much a token of how I feel about this woman. We have eight years. Eight wonderful years together. Just because we have decided to separate doesn’t necessarily mean you take off your ring and you''re no longer connected to that person.
“Will we wear the ring for the rest of our lives? Who knows? But right now it feels really comfortable on my hand so I have intentions of taking it off anytime soon,” he added.