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Magic Johnson speaks proudly of gay son, Earvin Johnson III, seen in public with boyfriend (VIDEO)

Magic Johnson son, Earvin Johnson III (or EJ), 20, has for the first time been spotted in public holding hands with a boyfriend.
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Los Angeles Lakers player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson greets his wife Cookie as his son Earvin III watches onstage at 'The Rewarding Life of Earvin (Magic) Johnson" tribute presented by American Express on February 12, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)

Magic Johnson son, Earvin Johnson III (or EJ), 20, has for the first time been spotted in public holding hands with a boyfriend.

The NYU student, who had not previously made his sexuality public, was on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. 

The news met with the obvious approval of his famous father — full name Earvin "Magic" Johnson — who spent his pro basketball career with the LA Lakers.

Magis Johnson, 53, told TMZ:

"Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way. We're very proud of him."

Johnson and wife Cookie have been married since 1991 and also have a daughter together, Elisa, 18.

Johnson also has a 21-year-old son, Andre, from a previous relationship.

The ex-basketballer revealed he had HIV in 1991. At the time, there were still only a handful of known HIV-positive heterosexuals in America, leading to speculation the basketball star was gay or bisexual, Australia's wrote.

As such, Johnson has long been an ally of the LGBT community, telling Huffington Post Canada in 2011: 

"Homophobia is still an issue everywhere, but especially in the black community."

In a  recorded telephone message sent to California voters in 2008, he called for them to defeat Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban.

He said:

"This is Magic Johnson calling to ask you to join me and Barack Obama in opposing Proposition 8. Prop 8 singles out one group of Californians to be treated differently - including members of our family, our friends, and our coworkers. That is not what California is about. So this Tuesday, vote no on Proposition 8. It is unfair and wrong. Thanks." 

Stopped by TMZ as he headed into a club, EJ told TMZ he was "hoping and praying" for the Los Angeles Dodgers, which his father purchased last year.

Jean Lewis More than 1 year ago
I love the fact that Magic and Cookie are proud of their child. Magic and Cookie always had beautiful spirits which shows their ability to truly love their children unconditionally. I salute black fathers like Governor Patrick and Magic for showing the world what real men are. When you have children, you love and support them no matter what as long as they aren't killing other people or themselves.
rubendlr More than 1 year ago
This is non-news. Shame on the media for trying to make it otherwise. This young man's live is his own no matter who his father is. That being said, I am glad Magic and Cookie are standing by their son. Don't you idiots in the media have real news to report on?
Char Hendricks More than 1 year ago
If he came out privately, why is it blasted over the news? People think just because someone of fame comes out as homosexual it gives the behaior more credtability.IT DOES NOT! It is stil perverted,nasty and sinful. Surprised at Cookie for condoning. She was such a Godly person when Magic was dealing with HIV. Further, if America condones homosexualty, what happens with the Mormon who has been told under penalty of law that a man can have only one wife to one man. Do we go back now and say to the man that he can have as may women (or men) as wives that he wants to? Wake up America!!!
MrsNJM18 More than 1 year ago
Love the person, Hate the sin.....
Jack More than 1 year ago
Those two are going to have some ugly kids........
ARTE' GEE More than 1 year ago
another discussion for the Supreme Court; and Joan Rivers and the Fashion Police.
Hellcat75 More than 1 year ago
If Cookie and Magic have been married since '91 but he has a 21-year-old son with another woman, the relationship wasn't all that "previous". More like simultaneous. Dad may be proud of Jr. but is Jr. proud of Dad? : )
cleematthews8 More than 1 year ago
That was a big thing...she almost left him at that time. Then they found out he was HIV was all over the news that year. They even made a song with the announcement mixed into a song.
Jack More than 1 year ago
The first one can come anytime.....the rest take 9 months....unless you are banging multiple women at the same time.....
Cocaine Addicted Gay Skeletor. More than 1 year ago
Does the son have AIDS too?
motsmith More than 1 year ago
Oh my.
Paul Decroix More than 1 year ago
A purse and a ladies fur coat? Poor Magic and sweet wife. How embarrassing!
jeff More than 1 year ago
Can't you read? They are proud of their son and support him no matter what. Having a profile picture with your shirt off...I feel worse for your parents.
Amber More than 1 year ago
LOL @jeff
G Shane Betts Williams More than 1 year ago
I have-to-agree-with-Paul.What-terrible-fashion!