Former ‘Rich Kids of Beverly Hills’ star EJ Jackson has opened up on how his NBA legend father Magic Johnson has reacted when he came out as a gay man.
EJ who was a guest on Monday’s episode of “Red Table Talk” with Jada Pinkett Smith, alongside his mum disclosed that his father had taken the news well.
His mum Cookie Johnson, said she first asked EJ about his sexuality after observing him and a friend on a family trip to Hawaii.
“We had the talk with Dad and that was a little tough,” Cookie, 59, said.
“My husband is the kind of person like he reacts quickly. Everything that came to the top of his head, he just let it out.”
Cookie explained that the conversation didn’t go down too well adding,
“It hurt my feelings and I know it probably hurt [EJ’s] feelings.”
Cookie recalled Magic, saying, “This is not what I wanted for my son. And do you realize what you’re saying because the world is not going to like that and do you want to live this life?”
During heart-to-heart conversation with Magic, Cookie said:
“Afterwards, I told him, I said, ‘I thought that was a little tough. That wasn’t right.’ Then he didn’t say anything.”
The next day, EJ remembers Magic walked into his room to speak with him,
“And was like, ‘We’re going to get through this and I just need time.’ And we both started crying a little bit.”
According to him, his relationship with his father improved when he moved away to New York for college.
“When he came back to visit he picked me up for dinner,” EJ recalled. “He hugged me so hard. He almost like broke my back. At that point, I was like, ‘We’re going to be OK.’ I could really feel the love.”