Earvin Johnson III, also known as EJ, came out of the closet to the media rather sooner than he had intended. Oh, the 20-year-old son of Magic Johnson came out to his family years ago, and they are supportive, but he had not intended to come out to the world quite the way it was intended.
EJ took to the web talk show Gwissues to talk about his coming out and that he does not feel violated after TMZ broke the news. EJ stated “I always wanted to come into the spotlight. 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.”
EJ is studying event management and design at New York University and has an interest in fashion, journalism and media. His coming out, of course, involved all kinds of reactions; however, about the attacks on him, he said “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.’”
EJ also told Howard Bragman, the host of the show, that “I am very, very, very blessed to have the family that I do. 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 was still in gestation at the time that his father came out to the world as having HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS. At the time, his wife Cookie was pregnant. They also have an adopted daughter, Elisa, and Magic Johnson also has a son, Andre, from a previous relationship.
EJ came out first to his mother, at about thirteen or fourteen. According to EJ, “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. 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.”
EJ also stated that he would 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.”