Magic Johnson’s wife Cookie stands up for openly gay son EJ

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EJ Johnson, Lisa Johnson and Magic Johnson attend the 'Magic/Bird' Broadway opening night at the Longacre Theatre on April 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

EJ Johnson, Lisa Johnson and Magic Johnson attend the 'Magic/Bird' Broadway opening night at the Longacre Theatre on April 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

Magic Johnson’s wife Cookie defended her son E.J.’s decision to come out of the closet as a gay man publicly during a recent interview with Huff Post Live.

“We had already dealt with it years ago, so for us it wasn’t a big deal,” Cookie Johnson told interviewers adding, “a mother kinda knows these things.”

Both Cookie and her NBA Hall of Famer husband have been very vocal about their support for their son and his decision to reveal his sexual identity.

“To me, the most important thing is to let them know that you love them,” she said. “These kids need that kind of support, they don’t want to be ostracized especially at home with their own families…and why should they be? So it was important for us to make sure that he knew…that we loved him and we supported him 100 percent.”

E.J. publicly came out of the closet after TMZ revealed that he was gay earlier this year. However, despite the varying responses he received from the public, his family has never distanced themselves from him.

“I don’t care about the backlash, if somebody doesn’t agree, that’s just tough on them. I’m gonna love my son until the end,” Magic Johnson previously told theGrio. “He has a right to decide who he wants to be, who he wants to date, and who he wants to marry, and he has decided that that’s a man, and that’s okay by us.”

E.J. told Joan Rivers during a recent episode of Fashion Police that he will be starring in his own E! network reality show starting this coming January.

“You’ll see me doing the absolute worst with all my crazy friends,” he said.