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Magic Johnson couldn’t be prouder of his gay son

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Basketball legend Magic Johnson has expressed how proud he and his wife Cookie are of his sonEarvin Johnson III, who has come out, hitting the town with his partner and posing for pictures with the paparazzi.

“Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way,” Magic told gossip site TMZ. “We’re very proud of him.”

He went on to say that supporting his son wasn’t even a question but, when he came out to his parents’ years ago, that this would just be the first step.

“I told him, ‘Hey, we are here to support you, man. We’re going to love you no matter who you are, what you do. We just want you to love yourself.’”

But not everyone has shown support for the former athlete and his family. Check out this clip of Johnson’s interview where they discuss homosexuality in the African American community.

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Magic had “that talk” with EJ six or seven years ago and he remembers asking him “What do you think about what your friends and people are going to say once you tell them? Or have you told anybody?”

E.J had only told two of his close friends then, but now at age 20 he’s holding his head up high as he publicly walks hand in hand with his boyfriend down the Sunset Strip.

“I love E.J. so much, that’s my main man,” Magic says. “I think he really wanted to be out. But he was torn… He just didn’t know how. He just said, ‘This is my moment. This is my time. I’m happy to share with the world who I am.’ And I said, ‘Go, E.J., go.’”


Johnson has been a vocal campaigner for gay rights since 1991 when he revealed he was HIV positive, and his sexuality was called into question after contracting the virus.

His strength of character has clearly rubbed off on his son who has embraced who he is and is happy to share that with the world.

“You know, I’m behind him a million percent,” confirms Magic. “This is a good moment for us as a family, and a greater moment for him. Now he’s just the bubbly kid we knew again. This is really wonderful for him.”

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Updated 7 Years ago

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