Since publicly coming out with his boyfriend beside him in early April, Magic Johnson’s son Earvin Johnson III, who goes by EJ, gave his first interview with GwistTV, a YouTube channel started by the founders of Logo, a cable network that caters largely to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
In the interview, the 20-year-old New York University junior, said he’s surprised with all the public interest in his coming out and that he’s taking it all in, “reveling,” in his second, public coming out, despite the event happening sooner than he thought when TMZ broke the story with a video, which has gone viral.
"I always wanted to come into the spotlight," EJ Johnson 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."
While he has the support of his father and mother, Cookie, whom he came out to first, he said that he’s received some negative comments from others.
"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 interviewer, Howard Bragman, a publicist who recently began representing him, according to the Associated Press.
When asked about his family’s support, EJ Johnson said that he's “very, very, very blessed” to have them, not only his mom and dad, but also his brother and sister.
“After I got all the love and support from my family then I knew I could go out and conquer the world, I guess," EJ Johnson said.
Magic Johnson gave an exclusive interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin shortly after his son’s coming out. “I love EJ so much. That’s my main man. I told him that, ‘Nothing has changed. I just want to help you along the way. Because a lot of people are gonna be happy for you, then, some won’t understand. So, you have to remember, always talk to me, always talk to your mother, and we’ll just help you along the way.’”
EJ Johnson is majoring in event management and design and has an interest in fashion, journalism and media. He hopes one day to have his own talk show, where he can be a role model and voice for gay youth, “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.”
Watch EJ’s full interview below: