silvermans-simon-st-barth.jpgAndrew and Lauren Silverman with Simon Cowell in January 2012/Spread Pictures

At the end of the day, you gotta feel sorry for Andrew Silverman ... not only did his wife Lauren leave him for their pal Simon Cowell, but the two welcomed their son Eric this past Valentine's Day. What else are friends for?

The news broke last July that Cowell had gotten Silverman pregnant, and though he remained mum on the news, Andrew is finally speaking out about the events that have unfolded over the last year. Andrew sat down with the New York Observer, and though he doesn't say anything that negative, he makes it clear that he was very hurt.

It was a very difficult time in my life. I learned a lot, moved forward," Andrew says. "My core business has continued to move forward. I learned a lot about myself as an individual, the importance of family. My focus has been on my son throughout the whole ordeal.

Though we haven't seen Lauren with the former couple's 8-year-old son Adam, Andrew says she's still very involved as a mother. I think for both of us, making sure our son has a normal environment is the primary focus, he added.

Being in the public spotlight is not something I envy. Its never been my way, he continued. Privacy has tremendous value. Ive tried to be as quiet as possible even though everyone wants to hear about this hoopla. I just wanted to refocus on what I do. I am a regular person, not a tabloid thing. It was a fascinating experience, unexpected and shocking.