Badmouth your ex. The dysregulation men experience by the narcissistic wounding of divorce though has its own complexity. Men sometimes relate to their wives like more of a buddy that, when feeling the urge, or desire for sex, shifts to more immediate, playful gestures. If so, pause, step back. Give him the time that he needs to feel ready to date again.
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His response may have included something about his relationship with his ex-wife. No matter how independent you are, to some degree your identity is tied up with being married and being married to her. Being human, he is bound to reach out for company, and you may possibly figure on his radar.