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Magic Johnson cried when his son EJ came out as gay

Jasmine Andersson June 20, 2018

Magic Johnson’s son EJ has opened up about his emotional coming out to his father.

On Monday’s episode of “Red Table Talk” with Jada Pinkett Smith, EJ Johnson and his mother joined the actress to talk about EJ coming out as gay.

Magic Johnson‘s wife Cookie revealed that her husband cried when he first heard the news, reported page six.

Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin “Magic” Johnson addresses the crowd as he honors victims (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“We had the talk with Dad (Magic Johnson) and that was a little tough,” Cookie told Pinkett Smith.

“My husband is the kind of person like he reacts quickly. Everything that came to the top of his head, he just let it out.”

“It hurt my feelings and I know it probably hurt [EJ’s] feelings,” she added.

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 17: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, watches action during Day One of the NBA Draft Combine at Quest MultiSport Complex on May 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

“Afterwards, I told him, I said, I thought that was a little tough. That wasn’t right.’ Then he didn’t say anything,” Cookie recalled telling her husband.

However, by the next day Johnson had already began to rally round for his son.

According to EJ, Johnson walked into the room “And was like, ‘We’re going to get through this and I just need time.’ And we both started crying a little bit.”

Cookie recalled Magic, 58, saying, “This is not what I wanted for my son. And do you realize what you’re saying because the world is not going to like that and do you want to live this life?”

Jerry West and Magic Johnson attend the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

At first, it appears that NBA legend Magic Johnson didn’t take the news too well.

“When I came back to visit, he picked me up for dinner,” EJ said. “He hugged me so hard. He almost like broke my back. At that point, I was like, ‘We’re going to be ok.’ I could really feel the love.”

Magic Johnson is a world-revered basketball player.

During his career, he celebrated three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations.

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