Magic Johnson continues to inspire people off the basketball court!
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., often referred to as the greatest point guard in history, is a former NBA star and the proud father of three wonderful children, Andre, EJ, and Elisa.
Magic Johnson Says Accepting His Gay Son Helped Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade
While talking to ET‘s Kevin Frazier, the former athlete revealed that accepting EJ, who publicly came out of the closet in 2013, helped Union and Wade accept Zaya, their trans daughter.
“We’ve always been people who try to do the right thing and do the thing we were supposed to do,” Johnson said about himself and his wife Cookie, noting that the couple would never forsake their son.
The 62-year-old explained that the pair have always loved EJ even before he came out as gay and who he loves or wished to be would never change that. The doting father said:
“No way we were not gonna support our son. No way we were gonna not love him, as we tell him, be who you want to be, we gonna love you regardless, we gonna support you.”
The All-Star MVP Award winner stated that his unwavering loyalty to his son motivated “Dwyane and Gabs” to do right by Zaya during her transition. In “The Dream Team” star’s words:
“So, thank God we have influenced people, whether it’s on the court, off the court, and just in our everyday waking life. If we’ve done that, then we have been a blessing.”
Union and Wade, also appeared in the docuseries, where they shared how much of an impact the former point guard had on their family.
However, the news outlet caught up with the lovebirds at the premiere of “They Call Me Magic,” and the couple could not help but share spoilers about their relationship with Johnson.
The “Bring It On” star said, “It’s all about perseverance and putting your family first and loving every family member equally and out loud. And they showed us the way.”
The Hollywood sensation explained that when the family first moved to L.A., the parents reached out to the former NBA coach for advice on the best school for their trans daughter.
According to Union, the “32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business” author and his wife gave the couple the “blueprint” to navigate their lives and careers.
The “LA’s Finest” actress was not alone in her awe for the Johnson family as her husband confessed that watching the Grammy winner accept EJ with unconditional love helped him embrace Zaya.
The proud father recalled how watching the Michigan native celebrate his son at the Arsenio Hall in 2013 motivated him to be a better parent.
The four-part docuseries, set to premiere on Apple TV+ by April 22, showcases how the family accepted EJ’s gay confession and how they handled the former L.A. Lakers’ HIV diagnosis.
Johnson confessed that he felt happy that the story of his condition was finally being told, declaring it to be the “most powerful” part of the documentary.
The NBA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Celebrated 30 Years Of Living With HIV
Last year, The Blast reported that the owner of the Magic Johnson Foundation marked a remarkable health milestone on social media after surviving HIV for 30 years.
At the time of his diagnosis, the 62-year-old publicly announced his condition to the dismay of millions, who believed the NBA legend would die like the late Freddie Mercury at the hands of the disease.
However, the two-time Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee proved everyone wrong by living with the condition for 30 long years.
Taking to Twitter, the father-of-three thanked God for giving him the strength to endure the hardships that came with his diagnosis. The Michigan native wrote:
“God has really blessed me! Today marks 30 years living with HIV so the message resonated with me in such a tremendous way.”
“I thank the Lord for keeping me, giving me strength, and guiding me for 62 years but especially the last 30,” the HIV/AIDS advocate concluded.