Magic Johnson has encouraged parents to support their children “no matter who they are”.
The former NBA star appeared on The Ellen Show earlier this week, where he spoke about his relationship with his son and offered advice to other parents with LGBT+ children.
He said: “I think it’s all about you not trying to decide what your daughter or son should be, or what you want them to become, it’s all about loving them no matter who they are or what they decide to do.”
Johnson’s son EJ (Earvin Johnson lll) came out as gay in April 2013, after photos of him holding hands with another man in Los Angeles emerged on celebrity gossip and news website TMZ.
Magic went on to say how proud he and his wife Cookie are of their son, recalling: “When my son came out, I was so happy for him and happy for us as parents. We love him, and EJ is amazing.
“You’ve got to support your child because there’s so many people who will try to discriminate them, so they need you to support them. Because if you don’t support them, who’s gonna support them and love them?”
Magic also posed for a humorous photo backstage with fellow guest and former Simple Life star Nicole Richie.
In the photo, Nicole shows that the only way she could ever beat Johnson’s impressive height in a basketball game is with the help of a coffee table. We’re not sure if the rules would allow that, though…
Watch a clip of Magic’s interview on The Ellen Show below.
Words Jonathan Shaw