Manila Luzon Opens Up About Late Boyfriend Sahara Davenport

By: Brandon Voss
10.8.2012

Better known as drag performer Manila Luzon, Karl Westerberg has broken his silence after the passing of partner and fellow 'RuPaul's Drag Race' alum Antoine Ashley, who died Monday of heart failure but will long be remembered for turning it out as his high-kicking, jump-splitting alter ego Sahara Davenport.

"I'm left cherishing his memories and carrying out his legacy," says Westerberg in a new interview with People. The two men had been together for six years. "I was lucky enough to have time with him."

Out of respect, fans and other concerned readers may want to take Westerberg's comments as the last word on the subject, at least for the time being: "I'm hanging in there, but it's hard because I have to deal with more than just grieving someone so close. I have to deal with telling everyone all the information. We've been together for such a long time, so it's surreal because it just happened."

On a lighter note, Westerberg also speaks about their shared passion for drag and some of the "superficial" mementos Ashley left behind: "She left me a whole bunch of shoes."

Prior to a public memorial Nov. 2 at NYC's XL nightclub, tune in for Logo's tribute to Ashley this Friday with an all-day marathon of his RuPaul's Drag Race season and a special Twitter fan tie-in. Airing Oct. 22, the premiere episode of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race — on which Westerberg will compete — will be dedicated to Ashley's memory.  

"A lot of people care about him and will remember him for all of that," adds Westerberg. "This is a celebration of his life."

For more of the interview, visit People.com.

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