I was very shocked," he told Page Six on Monday. "I'm like, 'Oh wow, this was a bit dramatic. Torturous'? That's an interesting word. If it was tortuous, why would you stay in a torturous relationship?'
"And I'm the one that left her," he added. "I think that's a little bit fabricated but if that's the way she feels, it's a good thing we're not together anymore."
Pauly's "Jersey Shore" cast-mates recently came out in support of the breakup, which looks like it will play out on the current season of "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars." The new season premiered Friday night.
"He always has my back as my brother, and he sees that she's not the right one for me," Pauly said of Mike.
Aubrey admitted to TooFab that she didn't necessarily go into this season hoping to make things better with Pauly. "I truly felt like I was involved in a situation that was extremely toxic and I did not understand why or how to get out of it," she said.
As for her use of the word "torture"? "I felt like that was the right term to use and it's my journey and that's the best term that I could think of to describe what I went through for two years," she told TooFab.
We can all apparently see how this glorious union crashes and burns each Friday night on "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars" at 9 p.m. ET on WE.