“Kevyn’s biggest motivation to succeed was his abandonment issues,” Aucoin’s ex-boyfriend and business manager, Eric Sakas, says. “He had this thought that, if I work with you and you become my friend, and I make you pretty, then you won’t abandon me. I absolutely think he was looking for a mother figure in the people that he worked with.”
“I do think that, on some level, he used celebrity and working with celebrities to kind of fill up that void,” he adds.
KEVYN AUCOIN Beauty & the Beast in Me premieres Thursday, Sept. 14, at 9 p.m. ET on Logo.