Now that Magic Johnson’s son, Earvin Johnson Jr. aka E.J., is officially out, the young Hollywood hopeful is dishing on his sexuality and how he came out to his parents.
During a YouTube interview posted Tuesday (April 16), E.J. chats with talk show Gwissues about how it felt to be outted on TMZ.com.
“I always wanted to come into the spotlight,” he said. “I always had dreams and plans of doing my own thing and creating my own image, so it came a little sooner than I thought it would but this is still something I knew I would be going through and would have to experience.”
E.J. says he has received a lot of support since that TMZ video surfaced online, but he’s also had “nasty things about me and what I’m doing.”
“It’s almost like they’re attacking me for being me and so to that I can only say, ‘Well, I can only be myself, so I don’t know really what you want me to do,’” he said during the interview.
E.J.’s family has been nothing but supportive of him.
“I am very, very, very blessed to have the family that I do,” E.J. Johnson said. “My parents have always been super supportive. My sister and I have always been really close and she’s been really supportive as with my brother. When it was time to come out, I was, obviously, scared as most people are. After I got all the love and support from my family then I knew I could go out and conquer the world, I guess.”
He goes on to reveal that his mother, Cookie, approached him when he was 13 or 14-years-old and that’s when he came out to her.
“I told her how I was feeling and she obviously told me that she had known and always would love me anyway. The same thing happened with my dad like a year or so later,” he said. “Everyone has to get used to it. No parent is prepared 100 percent and fully for something like that. We all had to work and move forward.”
Check out young Earvin’s interview below.