“We’ve known for a long, long time . . . We finally had to sit down and talk about it. I told him, ‘Look, I’m gonna love you regardless. Just let me know, are you or aren’t you?'”
— Magic Johnson explaining to TMZ how his son EJ first divulged to him and his wife that he is gay. The 20-year-old came out publicly very deliberately this week, holding hands with his boyfriend in front of paparazzi during a fur-clad stroll down L.A.’s Sunset Strip . But the retired NBA legend said they’ve known since they decided to initiate that conversation when he was 12 or 13 out of concern for his happiness and well-being. “He’s just happy that it’s out,” Johnson said.
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