“Lemonade” OG: Cookie Johnson Recounts Magic Calling “Long List” Of Women He Smashed Before HIV Diagnosis

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Cookie Johnson’s Memoir Believing In Magic Reveals Damage That HIV Diagnosis Did To Family

We were all taken aback by the dirty dog exposure that Beyoncé performed on her “visual album”, Lemonade. But let’s be clear, Cookie Johnson BEEN sippin’ on the sugary, sour, summertime sensation since 1991.

Cookie has been married to her husband for 25 years after enduring something that would have made a lot of women pack their s#!t and get the hell outta Dodge. But that is in no way to say that things have been easy for her according to DailyMail

Cookie’s new memoir, Believing In Magic, intimately explores the effect that Magic Johnson’s cheating and subsequent contracting of the HIV virus had on her and their family.

That night in 1991 the Los Angeles Lakers point guard ‘locked himself in a room and called the long list of women with whom he’d been intimate’, Cookie writes.

Johnson’s playboy lifestyle and his habit of having unprotected sex had come back to haunt him.

He could not remember how many women he had slept with. So he tracked down as many as he could and gave each a call which would turn their lives upside down.

Magic was really outchea being a ho. The ho-est of hoes.

Cookie writes in her new memoir ‘Believing in Magic’ that going through that herself was like being in her own ‘personal hell’ – one marked by ‘silence and darkness, numbness’.

In the book, which is published later this month, she writes: ‘In just one moment our world, this perfect union we’d fought so hard and so long to have was obliterated.’

Cookie says that she and Magic weren’t even married 45 days before the news came down…

Cookie writes that Johnson called her up and said, ‘I’m coming home early because I have to tell you something.’

Cookie tightened her grip on the receiver and could feel herself becoming nervous.

Johnson said, ‘I have to talk to you, but I’m on my way to the doctor’s office right now.

‘I’ll tell you what’s going on when I get home, Cookie. I can’t tell you over the phone’.

Cookie writes that her husband’s hushed words ‘sent a chill creeping over my heart’. She thought he had suffered a career ending injury, wanted a divorce or was leaving her.

She asked him: ‘What’s wrong, do you have AIDS or something?’

Johnson did not reply.


This sounds like a MUST-READ. Will you be flipping the pages of Cookie’s book?

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