When he was just 19 years old, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, a basketball star at Michigan State University, was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers. During his professional career, Magic would lead his team to five NBA championships. Watch as he takes Oprah on a tour of his Laker-themed man cave and reveals which of his championship rings holds special meaning.
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When 19-year-old Earvin “Magic” Johnson first arrived in Los Angeles, he was more than a promising athlete; he was one of the world’s biggest sports superstars. During that time, Magic says, women lined up to meet him—and to sleep with him. Did it ever occur to him to have protected sex? Magic gets real about his sexual history.
In 1991, 32-year-old Earvin “Magic” Johnson was at the top of his game when a phone call from the Los Angeles Lakers’ team doctor changed his life forever. Medical tests revealed that Magic had contracted HIV. At the time, Magic’s wife, Cookie, was pregnant with their son E.J. Watch as Magic tells Oprah about the day he received his diagnosis and how he broke the news to his wife.
In April 2013, Magic and Cookie Johnson’s family made headlines when their 20-year-old son, E.J., was videotaped holding hands with a male friend. E.J. was publicly outed by the media, but Magic and Cookie tell Oprah that they had known for years that he was gay. How does Magic feel about his son’s sexual orientation? Find out now.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Earlitha “Cookie” Kelly met during their freshman year at Michigan State University. After dating long distance and surviving years of “on-again, off-again” status, the couple finally wed in 1991. Now, 22 years later, Magic opens up about his enduring love for the woman he calls “the perfect partner.”