NBA legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Jr. sweetly discussed his openly gay son EJ III on Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show.
‘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, what they decide to do,’ the 57-year-old former point guard told the openly gay host.
‘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? It’s really important.’
The 6ft9in basketballer knows a thing or two about ‘coming out’ publicly having bravely announced his HIV diagnosis when he retired from the sport in 1991.
Magic’s wife Earlitha ‘Cookie’ Kelly – who’s HIV negative – was two months pregnant with EJ at the time of the shocking announcement. The 24-year-old reality star feels privileged to have such a supportive family, and he never felt pressure to follow in his heterosexual father’s athletic footsteps.
‘It just motivates me to create my own legacy,’ EJ explained to BET back in September.
Magic Johnson discusses his Son EJ’s coming out on Ellen