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E.J. Johnson Speaks on Telling His Father Magic Johnson He Was Gay

by Robert Littal | Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
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I would imagine, telling your family you are gay would be an incredibly stressful thing to do. There has to be some doubt in your mind if they will accept you or will they look at you differently.

If you are the child of a celebrity, there would be even more things to consider, because you have to deal with the media and paparazzi.

It had been an open secret that Magic Johnson’s Son EJ was gay, but it was only until TMZ outed him so to speak, it became public knowledge. Here is how he has handled it.

“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.”

“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,'”

“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.”

You can only be yourself and if people don’t like it, that is their problem not yours. So, I urge EJ to be whatever makes him happy, since it is his life to live.

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