In an upcoming Super Soul Sunday interview with Oprah, Cookie Johnson, entrepreneur and wife of NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, revealed her inner struggle after her son EJ came out as gay.

EJ, star of E! Network’s reality show EJ and The City, publicly came out in 2013 when photos surfaced of him holding hands with his then boyfriend.

In the exclusive clip released to PEOPLE Magazine, Oprah questions Johnson about the steps she took to accept her son’s sexuality. As a devout Christian, Johnson says she faced difficulty.

“You’re Christian, you believe in the word, you live by the word,” Winfrey states to Johnson. “How did you reconcile what Christianity says about being gay with your loving of your son … and still remaining Christian?”

“That was a very hard thing for me. That was a very, very hard thing for me,” Johnson said. “I tried everything, but finally I just said to myself, ‘This child is innocent. He was like this when he was a baby, it can’t be wrong. It can’t be wrong.’”

Johnson said she turned to a higher power for strength.

“This was one of those moments where I had to go directly to God and I prayed … and the answer I got back was love. And he said, you know, ‘I give you all great gifts and the greatest of that gift is love,’” she stated. “And so, that’s when I knew I could love my son and support him on who he was and I was okay with it.”

The interview airs Sunday, September 25 at 11 a.m.EST on OWN.

SOURCE: PEOPLE Magazine, YouTube | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty


5 thoughts on “Cookie Johnson Reveals Accepting Son EJ’s Sexuality ‘Was Very Hard’

  1. Cookie I am sorry but I am not sure who you prayed to but your answer regarding your son and his lifestyle seems to fly squarely in the face of what I’ve read and learned about God and the bible. Being gay is an abomination, of which the wages of that sin is death. Sure it is okay to LOVE your child, but to endorse his lifestyle is counter to serving God.

  2. That’s all you need …LOVE.
    Whomever makes your son happy, you should be happy. I had to learn the same lesson with my god-child and she’s happy. Cookie, although your journey is public knowledge which makes it much harder cause people are cruel and remember GOD loves us ALL. You, Ervin and your children are a beautiful family. Stay blessed, happy and enjoy life.GOD bless!

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