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Watch: Magic Johnson Discusses Son Coming Out as Gay on 'Ellen'

Wednesday Apr 19, 2017

NBA legend Magic Johnson recently stopped by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and opened up about his son coming out as gay, Us Weekly reports.

Johnson, 57, called his son EJ, who came out at 19, "amazing," adding that he "loves him" and supports him. The athlete also offered some advice to parents who have a gay child.

"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," he said. "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," Johnson continued. "Because if you don't support them, who is going to support them? And love them?"

EJ rose to fame after appearing in the E! reality show "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" and eventually got his own spinoff show "EJNYC." Both series were canceled last year.

Johnson's latest comments are a bit different from when he and his wife Cookie Johnson discussed their son's sexuality with Oprah last year, Towleroad reported at the time.

"That was a very hard thing for me," Cookie Johnson said. "That was a very, very hard thing for me. I tried everything, but finally I just said to myself, 'This child is innocent. He was like this when he was a baby, it can't be wrong. It can't be wrong.'

"I had to pray about it. This was one of those moments where I had to go directly to God and I prayed... and the answer I got back was love," she went on to say. "And He said, you know, 'I give you all great gifts and the greatest of that gift is love.' And so, that's when I knew I could love my son and support him on who he was and I was okay with it."

Magic Johnson told "Good Morning America" around the same time he "had to come to realize that this is who he is, and he's going to be happy. And so why am I judging him? I'm his father, so I got to be the first one to say, 'It's OK and I love you. Now, how can I help you?'"

Watch the NBA star speak with Ellen below.


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