“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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