Magic Johnson Opens Up About EJ Johnson Coming Out as Gay

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Magic Johnson and son EJ Johnson arrive at the 2014 Carousel Of Hope Ball Presented By Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

Magic Johnson Opens Up About EJ Johnson Coming Out as Gay

He gives advice to all parents.

Published April 21, 2017

Magic Johnson loves his son no matter who he is or his sexual orientation.

He went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday (April 19) and opened up about EJ, saying parents should not try to determine who their kids are and support their goals, decisions and being.

"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,” he told Ellen when asked about EJ. “It's all about loving them no matter who they are, what they decide to do. And when my son came out, I was so happy for him and happy for us as parents. We love him. EJ is amazing. So you got to support your child, because there are so many people who try to discriminate against them, so they need you to support them. Because if you don't support them, who is going to support them? And love them?"

EJ came out in 2013 when he was seen holding hands with another young man in Los Angeles. At the time, Magic had the same thoughts about his kid, saying they’re very proud of him and “support him in every way.”

A month after coming out, EJ confirmed that his family is very supportive of him. "I am very, very, very blessed to have the family that I do,” he said on the YouTube talk show Gwissues. “My parents have always been super supportive. My sister and I have always been really close and she's been really supportive as with my brother. When it was time to come out, I was obviously scared as most people are. After I got all the love and support from my family, then I knew I could go out and conquer the world, I guess."

Watch part of Magic Johnson’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show below.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)


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