Magic Johnson Talks About The Day He Found Out He Had HIV, E.J.’s Coming Out & Cookie

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Why Cookie is the perfect partner for Magic

Oprah: When you made the decision to marry here. And now it’s 22 years later, why are happiest that you made that decision?

Magic: I think you know, I just love her so much. As we sit here, to know what I’ve been through. Just to hear her talk about me, first of all, just got me so emotional. You know we’ve been together a long time and she’s the perfect partner for me. And I think when people throw around soul mates and all that…it’s for real in that we are soul mates. This is my best friend. She’s an incredible mother, an incredible wife, just changed my whole life and shaped it. And she always allowed me to be me. And I think what I’m proud of her is that she’s a woman who is so strong and she has her own identity and she’s her own woman. FIrst of all, she said Ervin I’m going to give my life up to be a great wife to you and a great mother to the kids. When the kids finally got of age, she said ‘You know what, now it’s my turn. And I want to get my life back.’ And that’s when she decided to start her own business. And as I said, I’m here to support her. But I say this, is that if she had left me, I wouldn’t be here, no way on this earth. So I got blessed with the right person. As I tell her that all the time.

Cookie: He tells me that everyday.

Magic: I can only be me because of her, because of the woman that she is. I’m truly, truly everyday I’m just so happy to be her husband. That’s what it’s all about.

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