Son of Magic Johnson talks about being gay
The 20-year-old son of basketball great Magic Johnson is
surprised by the public interest in his being gay, something that
he revealed to his supportive family several years ago.
Earvin Johnson III, known as E.J., says he feels like he’s
coming out of the closet a second time and that he’s ”reveling”
in the experience – even though news of his sexual orientation
broke publicly sooner than he had planned.
In an interview posted Tuesday on the YouTube.com talk show
”Gwissues,” Johnson said that he didn’t feel violated after TMZ
recently revealed that he’s gay.
”I always wanted to come into the spotlight,” he said. ”I
always had dreams and plans of doing my own thing and creating my
own image, so it came a little sooner than I thought it would but
this is still something I knew I would be going through and would
have to experience.”
The younger Johnson is a junior at New York University studying
event management and design with an interest in fashion, journalism
He said the public reaction has ranged from support to
criticism, including online postings involving ”nasty things about
me and what I’m doing.”
”It’s almost like they’re attacking me for being me and so to
that I can only say, `Well, I can only be myself, so I don’t know
really what you want me to do,”’ he told ”Gwissues” host and
interviewer Howard Bragman, a publicist who recently began
Johnson’s father, who co-owns the Los Angeles Dodgers, retired
from the NBA in November 1991 after announcing he had HIV, the
virus that causes AIDS. His wife, Cookie, was pregnant with E.J. at
the time. The couple also has an adopted daughter, Elisa, and Magic
has an older son, Andre, from a previous relationship.
”I am very, very, very blessed to have the family that I do,”
E.J. Johnson said. ”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.”
Johnson said he first came out to his mother, who approached him
when he was 13 or 14.
”I told her how I was feeling and she obviously told me that
she had known and always would love me anyway. The same thing
happened with my dad like a year or so later,” he said. ”Everyone
has to get used to it. No parent is prepared 100 percent and fully
for something like that. We all had to work and move forward.”
He’d like to follow in his famous father’s footsteps in one
arena: hosting his own talk show. Magic Johnson had a short-lived
show on Fox in 1998 that was canceled because of low ratings.
E.J. Johnson said he’d like to be ”the voice for young gay
people who need someone to be on TV or wherever else to talk to
them and talk about all kinds of issues that all of us face and not
just homosexual issues but all kinds of issues.”
”I definitely want to set a really good example,” he said.
YouTube interview: http://bit.ly/13fn26l