NBA legend Magic Johnson and his wife, Earlitha “Cookie” Johnson, took their kids, Earvin “EJ” Johnson III, Elisa Johnson, and Andre Johnson, shopping while on holiday in Portofino, Italy.

Photo by BACKGRID USA

The Johnsons posed for a family photo. L-R: Andre Johnson, Magic, Cookie, Elise, and EJ Johnson. Andre, 36, is Magic’s firstborn — and some say favorite — son from a previous relationship. daughter Elise 22, is adopted. The family later went out to dinner with good friends Samuel L. Jackson and his wife (not pictured).

Magic Johnson, his wife Cookie, and sons Andre, left, and EJ take in the sights around the tiny port city of Portofino where billionaires and other wealthy elite dock their multimillion dollar boats.

Transsexual reality TV star EJ Johnson, 25, dressed respectfully in all black so as not to draw attention to his wealthy parents, who fund his extravagant lifestyle when the reality TV checks run out.

Photos by BACKGRID USA, MaMe / Splash News




  • Renee26

    Nice family pics

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    they’ve been on a yacht for almost 2 weeks… that’s rich b*tch ! lol

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Chile they just drag that sissy son wherever they go. He should have left that purse at the hotel.

    Being a gay man myself, I just don’t understand EJ. Is there a point to this absurdity? He doesn’t look feminine at all. Somebody should remind this nigga that he is 8 feet tall, broad shouldered, ugly, with a big goat head. And that such persons should leave the satin and sheer elegance to somebody else who can pull it off.

    Beware: if you hit the lottery, or somebody dies and leaves you a chunky insurance policy, or Oprah gives you a show, don’t take your ass to rich Hollywood. You and your children will end up being crazy.

    And am I the only person who sees a pic of Magic and immediately looks for signs of AIDS? Its a guilty obsession.

    I’m starting to think he’s been lying about having AIDS all these years. I mean, its been 26 years–shouldn’t he be kinda, like, dead now? Most people I’ve come into contact with who got it back then are. IJS.

  • Pamela

    Oh well, lifes of people with money.
    Love Cookie sandals.

  • Justlooknout

    He has money to take care of his illness, I am certain those you knew back then didn’t. Everybody ain’t able.

  • guest

    Nice fam pics. MJ filthy rich!

  • Guess Who

    CTFU at your description of AJ. SPOT ON.

  • guest

    Cookie and EJ…twinsies. MJ looks good, but I know everything that looks good aint good! SMDH

  • KarmaBackAround

    I cannot with EJ!! He make me wanna throw the WHOLE bible and jerusalem at my sons!!

  • Peter Piper ATL

    I get that. But HIV is HIV honey. I know people who had lots of cash and are still dead as fukk right now, thanks to AIDS.

    I know of people who were famous who supposedly died of this or that and were actually living with AIDS. I think its all really a matter of how you take care of yourself, not just the meds.

    I feel sorry for anybody living with it. I have literally lost hundreds of friends to it, and have a close relative right now who is battling it. She told me about her diagnosis in 1998.

    I’m not trying to turn Sandra’s post into an AIDS post so I’ll move on from that and get back to talking about EJ’s funny looking, turtle shaped ass.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I hear you.
    Sprinkle some holy water on them too… every day!

  • Keesh5000

    I luvvvvv seeing rich Black Folk!

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    It’s good to see cookie!
    Off topic- it’s my birthday!???, I’m spending my day taking my 14yr daughter and some of her friends to see Bryson Tiller in concert…wish me luck.
    #kidsruleeverythingaroundme

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    Happy birthday!!!

  • Jazzy T

    GM,
    At this point, I have to admit, I troll through the comments just to see if you responded!! LOL you are always on POINT hunni my secret BF LOLOLOL

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Happy Birthday Honey ? enjoy!!

  • YaYa

    I like Cookie’s shoes

  • sunni_daze

    Happy Birthday

  • Peter Piper ATL

    LOL well thank you Sweetheart

  • JENNYJONES1

    MONEY ISN’T ALWAYS THE KEY B/C I KNOW A HOMELESS GUY THAT HAS HAD IT FOR ATLEAST 20 YRS AND HE IS STILL RUNNING AROUND MIDTOWN ATLANTA BY PUBLIXS AND THE HOMELESS SHELTER BEGGING FOR MONEY FOR FOOD AND TO GET HIGH SO MONEY DOESN’T ALWAYS DETERMINE THE OUTCOME………..JENNY JONES!!!

  • Diva_woman

    HIV at this point is probably a better diagnosis than diabetes, lupus, obesity or heck even herpes for some people. It is a wonder how he maneuvered through the 90s with it but the way medicine is set up now, it’s no different than any other chronic disease. Remember, HIV doesn’t kill you, it lowers your viral load which makes you susceptible to simple diseases (common cold, sinus infections) that can make you really sick if you have HIV. As long as your viral load remains high, which isn’t hard with modern medicine or for an already fit athlete, you will remain relatively healthy. Magic is probably healthier than many of the commentors on this site.

  • Diva_woman

    Happy Birthday! Have fun with the kiddos!

  • country57

    Happy Birthday sis!!! Enjoy your day.

  • KarmaBackAround

    Yasss lol and revival..EVERY week :as i hum a spiritual: ???

  • JENNYJONES1

    I THINK SEEING HOW MAGIC & COOKIE HAVE DEALT WITH & OVER COME SUCH A BIG ISSUE LIKE HIV IN THEIR MARRIAGE, CONTINUING LIFE WITH A HAPPY FAMILY GIVES OTHER COUPLES LIKE USHER & GRACE AND MICHAEL VICK & HIS WIFE BOTH DEALING WITH HERPES & THE PUBLIC SCANDAL FROM IT IN THEIR MARRIAGE, AN EXAMPLE & THE STRENGTH TO KNOW THEY CAN CONTINUE, OVER COME AND BE HAPPY…………JENNY JONES!!!

  • Browneyes

    Are Cookie’s sandals by Gucci? I like

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    I agree that EJ looks absurd.

    I disagree with your assessment of Magic though. I worked with hundreds of HIV clients in South Florida back in the day. Comments like yours back in my naive days would seem plausible or believable but they are not after working in the field.

    Magic has HIV and won’t probably won’t die of AIDS and not because of money. More likely his body type, biology and the strain he has are all working together so that he does not fall into AIDS….plus the money helps. Money helps with purchase the best meal plans and dietitians. As well as physical trainers. HIV ain’t fair but you def don’t have to be rich to stay alive. I saw it allllllll.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Oh Dear another Leo./s

  • free

    everybody’s aging but magic. dude got some fire elixir for that aids.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Remember when HIV/AIDS first came out people were dying like flies, but then people started to live longer and that was before any serious research was performed that produced effective treatments.

    I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorists and I am no virologist but I always thought that viruses became more virulent when they mutated so I have to wonder if HIV/AIDS wasn’t created in a government lab and it was a social engineering experiment to kill enough gays to spook them into changing their behavior.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Let me share something personal with y’all. Now y’all know I don’t usually have a problem putting somebody’s business out there. But this is difficult because this time, its one of my kids.

    Recently, one of my kids told me he was bisexual–but bordering on gay. I can’t say i was shocked. I mean, parents know their children. Anytime somebody tells me they didn’t know their kids were gay, I laugh. Why? Because, you knew damn well your kids were gay. You just didn’t WANT to know your kids were gay.

    After he told me this, at Applebee’s no less, I felt a sense of pride knowing that my child is strong enough emotionally that he is coming to terms with his reality. In order to be happy, you have to be confident because the world is never gonna stop throwing bricks at you. That’s life.

    Now also as a parent, and a gay parent at that, I’m relieved he’s not carrying pocketbooks and wearing cashmere and see through blouses. I would love my kid not matter what, but I don’t think I’d be walking down the streets of Italy with him in public were he dressed like MaDonna. I would be ashamed. I’m sorry, but I would.

    Now before you judge me, let me say this. Know yourself. A big tall lumbering negro built like a linebacker should not be shopping for attire at Lane Bryant. EJ’s issues have less to do with sexuality and more to do with his confused identity made courtesy of his exposure to moneyed whites in Hollywood and Manhattan. EJ talks, dresses, acts and evidently thinks like a 20-something white girl.

    This isn’t a healthy expression of self, and I think his parents are encouraging it, and I think they are making a mistake in doing that. Do I feel a sense of irony in saying that? Hell no. If EJ were my son, and thank God he ain’t, there’s no way in the suburbs of hell that I’d be as laid back about EJ’s carrying on as MJ and Cookie are. He looks ridiculous, and he needs to know that, and love is about reality and being real with those you care for.

    EJ is living a white woman fantasy and his parents are enabling the foolishness.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    PPA: Being a gay man myself, I just don’t understand EJ. Is there a point to this absurdity? He doesn’t look feminine at all
    Ha,ha,ha!!!
    Last night I went to the store in the same strip mall as my gym after I finished lifting.

    When I was in the check out line I noticed that the cashier had relatively orange/blonde hair orange. I tried not to stare but I couldn’t figure out if it was male or female. After the person in front of me had been checked out and left I glanced at the name tag–Christopher. OK he’s male but then I looked down and saw his fingernails and hunty his nails were as sharp as claws and decorated.

    One even had silver glitter. I was like DAMN. Just damn to myself!!!

  • Jennifer

    Its good EJ was able to be himself yet not be so over the top while with his family. It shows he has some respect for them and that’s a good thing. What’s a GREAT thing is despite who he is, he is still right there, welcomed with his family. Love is powerful.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    Although I believe HIV was probably manufactured in a lab somewhere, it matters not. It’s here now and here to stay for most of our lifetimes. Conspiracy theories about it mean nothing at this point in history.

  • bella28498 .

    lmao Magic son EJ is a curse…..I am on the floor

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    EJ GETS ON MY NERVES, NOT BECAUSE OF THE FLAMING GAY THING, IT’S BECAUSE HE’S SO IN TO HIMSELF, HE’S NEVER IN THE PRESENT TIME ENJOYING THE COMPANY OF OTHERS HE’S ALWAYS LOOKING FOR HIS BEST ANGLE, LOOKING TO SEE IF CAMERAS ARE FOLLOWING HIM, AND TRYING HIS BEST TO ACT LIKE A FEMALE…HE’S SO ANIMATED SO ANNOYING!

  • Mischelle

    So many are like that these days. Can’t even go to a family function and enjoy each other. Everybody wanna post pics all dam* day and put them on social media.

  • klwbaby

    Happy Birthday??

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    Cookie & Magic fell for the white guilt trip mess. White people try to make Black parents seem like we are sooooo against gay children. So instead of telling their son that he looks silly and a mess, they are rolling over and accepting his self-expression. But you don’t see nah white gay child this flamboyant and around their parents EVER. Matter of fact, most white drag queens and transgendered are usually shunned from their families. But most Black people can honestly say, we all had a gay uncle or aunt that was known about.

  • klwbaby

    I know some people feel that gay parents are more likely to have gay children, how do u feel about this assumption?

  • James Hudson

    I concur, I don’t have a problem with his sexuality (I really don’t) but a 6ft tall BLACK man dressed in high heels ? & carrying a purse ? is not a good look. NO matter what your sexuality is.

  • Justlooknout

    If you say so. SHRUG

  • Justlooknout

    Shrug CARRY ON

  • Harley
  • Harley

    He is a mess. I cant stand his overly dramatic arse. WOMEN DO NOT ACT LIKE THAT EJ!!!!!! ONLY MEN TRYING TO BE WOMEN DO!!!

  • Harley

    ALL OF THIS! and all the best to you and your baby!!!!!

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Hey hun, I think its some bullshyt. I have 3 kids. Two are not gay. One of mine is.

    I have a friend who has 5 kids and three are gay–maybe more. He’s heterosexual.

    I have another friend who is gay who has 4 kids and none are gay.

    Some kids turn out gay, some don’t. I don’t think the parents have anything to do with it. I think people who disagree are also people who don’t want to accept the reality that people are born gay. That’s my opinion.

  • Renee26

    Don’t encourage his foolishness lol

  • Peter Piper ATL

    I think Cookie and MJ had a tight family situation but they allowed Hollywood into their homes. I also think they were too permissive as parents.

    I agree with what you said about the self-expression, but authentic self-expression, in my mind, is growing dreadlocks or maybe even arching eyebrows. But this ain’t that. This strikes me as a young man going through a terrible identity crisis–but a cultural one, NOT necessarily a sexual one.

    You know what, I don’t think there’s much difference in how black and white families approach gay issues. I think it has a lot to do with the regions these families live. So I would expect a black family in Cali or NYC to approach gay issues differently than a white family in Nebraska or Arkansas.

    In the South, everything is different. Just my opinion.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Thank you Hun

  • Quitedeliteful

    Happy Birthday!!! (Make sure to take two aspirin because you are definitely outnumbered! LOLLOLLOL!!!)

  • Guest©

    Imho, gays are more promiscuous now. It’s like as a collective group they’ve said idgaf, smh. Today’s generation (which I am.a part of btw) didn’t experience hiv/aids in its raw form. I’ve heard ppl today describe HIV as the equivalent to diabetes. Wow. It’s crazy outchere!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Somebody should remind this nigga that he is 8 feet tall, broad shouldered, ugly, with a big goat head. And that such persons should leave the satin and sheer elegance to somebody else who can pull it off.>>>>>>>>>> So true….

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!! Turtle Shaped??? LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!! Turtle Shaped??? LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why do you say that?
    EJ is probably the manifestion of Magic’s DL lifestyle.

    It’s odd that no one has asked if Magic was infected from gay sex.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Happy Birthday. Your name could also be mother of a Queen because she has you chaperoning on your ?Day. Have fun!

  • Jazzy T

    You and you child seem to have a great relationship and communication.
    That’s great he/she felt safe to express there feelings. I am quite sure it was a weight lifted.
    That makes me happy…(quite sure the bond is much stronger) đŸ™‚

    NOW for EJ-

    Of course, I agree with you again!!! LOL

    Never had a problem w/ someone sexuality, BUT what I do have a problem w/ is, the wigs and dress shirts, and yes the pocketbooks. (Being a BIG grown ass man!)

    Yes, be yourself for sure, BUT do you have to be in costume or playing dress up alllll day every day??

    Am thinking do that in private >>Am I wrong?

    Is that selfish of me?

  • Jazzy T

    Just NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!

  • Desiree Edwards

    lololol!!! but his shopping game is fierce!

  • Harley

    yeah his daddies money….

  • Jazzy T
  • Rhyme and Reason

    Beautiful pics, family vacations are everything! The Johnsons are looking good and happy, not without work, I’m sure!

  • Lisa daniels

    I am glad EJ has on pants

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    It is great that you live your truth. I have a question, if it is too personal I will understand a f/off response. You have children so were you heterosexual at some point? Was it gradual or in a watershed moment did you realize you were homosexual?

  • bella28498 .

    ppl been saying that for years, Magic was infected because of dL lifestyle. Where u been?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So why is everyone surprised about EJ?

  • BeUtFullSoul

    So Magic and Cookies’ SON must have been a little tiny bit Jealous of his adopted sister..maybe?…could that be a possibility as to WHY HE began to dress and favor things of the opposite sex to gain a little ATTENT”i”ON…Just asking…

  • SDot

    yo i got to say Cookie is a good and virtuous women. My husband told me he had aids due to cheating with nasty randoms….I’d be single. But she hung in there and that man changed. Wow. I guess that’s real love. I never knew he had another son. SO EJ is his only legit son by marriage. WOW! WOW!

  • On the radar….

    Seems that EJ is envious of his dads relationship with Andre. He had to do something to put himself out there. I’m sure his parents don’t entirely agree with it but still love him 100%…
    I remember where I was when Magic announced he was hiv positive. I don’t know about sexing dudes but it was well known he slept with a lot of groupies during his hay day as a Lakers, and I mean a lot.

  • karen b

    I’m sorry but that Ej looks a hot dam mess…. I would of told him to at least tone down the flamboyance. That all black didn’t do it. I’m a mom to a son and daughter. If my son were to be gay, there is no way in the world he can come around me looking like a gotdamfool…….I gave birth to a male and that’s what I expect to see. No make up and or wigs….If he couldn’t accept that, then we would have the best mother/son relationship OVER THE PHONE………AND I MEAN JUST THAT….

  • Nataliegaye

    The sad thing is now women are starting to act like these men that are trying to act like women like on RHOA

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Ayeee

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Poor Cookie. Poor, poor, Cookie. I feel badly for her. Her nasty, vile husband exposed her to an incurable disease and her son EJ is a major embarrassment.

  • DeeFromLA

    Magic is going to outlive us all

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Cookie is all natural. She looks weird. I have grown so use to seeing people with face lifts/Botox & plastic surgery on their bodies. It looks as if she has done none of that.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    It’s possible Magic is a carrier; something I don’t think has ever been discussed. If that’s the case, he may never get sick or show any symptoms.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Regular gay?! As opposed to extra strength? LMAO! ?

  • Ghettogirlpj

    LOL!!!!

  • T3

    I wonder if he’d changed if he didn’t have that “package”. I guess we’ll never know…..

  • Harley

    I know!! It is crazy. Like these men are being way too extra to try and “ACT” like a woman and these women are accepting their shenanigans….

  • dontgetblocked

    Cookie has had a rough life. Her husband and her former son. Sad.

  • bella28498 .

    not surprised about EJ……I said he was a curse

  • interestingconcept1

    So many ignorant comments about EJ’s choice of lifestyle..lol, Jealously of your step brothers and adopted sisters does not make you gay. I. can. not!

  • Renee Bee

    Oooh yes and check out the matching purse. Love it!

  • Dahl

    I’m over seeing Magic with his mouth wide open. His oldest son looks a full decade older than 36, and the Cookie Monster shows what happens to a “successful” gold digging groupie after 30 years…

  • ouzad D

    Magic truly embodies the term unconditional love……EJ look like he doing some damage to that gastric bypass, he getting a bit bigger

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The fact that Magic and Cookie’s two kids are gay, and Magic’s son (who lived with his mother) is hetero, tells me everything I need to know about the Johnsons.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Cookie said she feels guilty for the way EJ turned out. Now comes word that the other kid she raised is a lesbian? That tells me all I need to know about Cookie.

  • The Chosen One

    Beautiful couple.

  • Solstice

    Wow ?

  • Nessa

    His father told him not to dress foolish around him embarrassing the family around his wealthy friends..

  • Nessa

    He got caught cheating by getting the MONSTER of all diseases

  • shay2shaymd

    Cookie does look old and unhappy

  • Diva4lyfe

    Hot mess and shem know they wrong as ever

  • EMILY POST

    EJ dresses so good… thats ridiculous…. His bags…
    Now the daughter… and him could have traded pants… LOL

  • EMILY POST

    Awwww…. WOW
    Yeah my son would be able to be whatever he wanted when he was grown but I sure would not be funding it. He can dress though…. lol

  • ouzad D

    I’m talking in regards to his gay son. and trust he not the only one out here giving the MONSTER to their wives…it’s a sad times we live in.

  • Dowoop

    He didnt listen…Look at those pants.

  • Dowoop

    I doubt it and he pbly still slinging dick to groupies.

  • Dowoop

    I doubt a druggie is gonna last 20 yrs with HIV.

  • T3

    My sentiments exactly

  • parisjok

    please adopt me. would love to visit Italy

  • parisjok

    well, at least he did not give it to her or their child

  • parisjok

    most likely from a male. it is very very very very very difficult for a woman to give to man. just sayin

  • parisjok

    what other son

  • Nessa

    They need to take EJ and place him on Mars by himself