Coming Out

Magic Johnson Opens Up to Ellen About His Son Coming Out

Basketball legend and Hall of Famer, Magic Johnson, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last Wednesday and expressed how he felt about his son coming out as gay.

“When my son came out, I was so happy for him and happy for us as parents; and we love him – EJ is amazing.”

-       Magic Johnson to Ellen DeGeneres

Earvin Johnson III, known as EJ, came out to his parents when he was just a teen, but he broke the internet when he came out publicly in April 2013 when he was spotted walking and holding hands with his then-boyfriend on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles at the age of 20. That moment was not only monumental for EJ, but for his family, too, as he had the complete support of his parents. When Ellen inquired about any advice Magic would give to other parents regarding their child’s sexuality, he was clear in his push for love and acceptance.

“I think it’s all about you not trying to decide what your daughter or son should be or what you want them to become. It’s all about loving them – no matter who they are or what they decide to do … it’s so many people who try to discriminate against them, so they need you to support them, ‘cause if you don’t support them, who’s going to support them AND love them?”

-       Magic Johnson to Ellen DeGeneres

Magic's interview with Ellen:

In September 2016, Earvin and Earlitha, known as Magic and Cookie Johnson, sat down with Robin Roberts from Good Morning America to discuss Cookie’s most recent memoir, “Believing in Magic: My Story of Love, Overcoming Adversity, and Keeping Faith.” It not only discusses the aftermath of Magic’s public media announcement of his HIV-positive status in 1991 (a time when it was largely seen as only affecting gay men and drug addicts) while Cookie was two months pregnant but also tells the story of their journey of coming to terms with their son EJ’s sexuality. Magic was very honest about how he initially had a hard time accepting it as he didn’t want his son to be gay which led to him saying some things that he later apologized to him for.

“I had to come to realize that this is who he is and he is going to be happy. I knew he was looking for me (as his father) to accept who he was and I had to get out of my own way and my macho mentality.”

-       Magic Johnson to Robin Roberts

Magic and Cookie's interview with Robin Roberts:

EJ, the middle child of three, has stated that he feels privileged to have such a supportive family.