Magic Johnson’s son, Earvin Johnson III, is officially out the closet, and made his first public appearance with his boyfriend (see below). His father supports him “a million percent” . “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.’ ”
Magic Johson’s son, E.J. came out publicly – walking hand in hand with his boyfriend on the Sunset Strip.
Magic knew that for E.J., coming out to his parents, which happened years ago, was just 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,’ ” the NBA legend, 53, tells TMZ.com in a new video.
Excerpt from Magic’s interview with TMZ:
On how Magic responded when his son revealed he was gay:
We’ve known for a long long time that my son EJ was gay. It’s interesting when you’re his parent and we finally had to sit down and talk about it. I told him, ‘Look, I’m going to love you regardless. Just let me know are you or aren’t you gay?’ and finally he just said, ‘Yes, I am’. [I had to ask him] because he wasn’t going to come to me with it. And so I think Cookie and I just said, ‘You know we should just sit him down’ because also we wanted to protect him too and so I just took him through the birds and the bees talk and made sure he protects himself and protects his partner. [I also asked him], ‘What do you think your friends and other people are going to think and say once you tell them? Have you told anybody?’ At that time we hadn’t really discussed it with anybody but his two closest friends. He had to have been about 12 or 13 years old or 14 years old. I think it was a hard conversation only because he was so young and what do you tell him at that age? And what do you say to him? But other than that I told him ‘Hey! We are here to support you. We’re going to love you no matter who you are or what you do. We just want you to love yourself.’
When I showed my support and love for him and I told him, ‘Hey I’m good with it. Just be you’. [He felt relieved] because dad is okay. Because he really wanted to make sure I was okay, he wasn’t worried about his mom, he was worried about me. And once I supported him I became [his confidant] and we could talk more about it. I love EJ soo much. That’s my main man, so I told him,’Nothing has changed. I just want to help you along the way because a lot of people are going to be happy for you and then some won’t understand. So you have to remember that you can always talk to me or your mother and we’ll just help you along the way.’