It's his first coming out interview ever, Gwissues managed to exclusively find out what it's like to be Magic Johnson's son and gay.
At first, I must admit, I didn't care. I didn't understand why this was news. But, after appearing on the J.R. Bang Morning Show on Windy City Underground (Checkout the interview), I understood why this was so perplexing for Magic Johnson fans to understand. The Magic Johnson fans couldn't understand how a "super heterosexual" male produced a "super homosexual" male. When you listen to the radio interview, you'll hear from me that just because you have a "super heterosexual" father doesn't mean you're going "super heterosexual" - genetics is quite hilarious!
Like myself, the 20-year-old son of basketball great Magic Johnson is surprised by the public interest in his being gay. Earvin Johnson III, known as E.J., says he feels like he's coming out of the closet a second time and that he's "reveling" in the experience -- even though news of his sexual orientation broke publicly sooner than he had planned, he told US Weekly.
"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."
Johnson, a junior at New York University studying event management and design with an interest in fashion, journalism and media, feels like he became an accidental celebrity in his own right when he was photographed (in an unforgettable ensemble) holding hands with his reported boyfriend Alessandro Monetti, 21, in West Hollywood April 1.
"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 told "Gwissues" host and interviewer Howard Bragman, a publicist who recently began representing Johnson.
As for EJ's father, who co-owns the Los Angeles Dodgers, retired from the NBA in November 1991 after announcing he had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, fully support his son and, he says, he's known he was gay for some time now.
“We’ve known for a long, long time,” Johnson told TMZ in a videotaped interview posted on the site. “It’s a hard conversation to have only because he was so young, and what do you tell him at that age and what do you say to him but other than that … we are here to support.
What are EJ's future plans? Perhaps his own talk show. EJ mused he'd love to be "the voice for young gay people who need someone to be on TV or wherever else to talk to them and talk about all kinds of issues that all of us face and not just homosexual issues but all kinds of issues . . . I definitely want to set a really good example."
Oh, one more thing, EJ, you're werking that Chanel bag, hontee!
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