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If there’s one celebrity couple that has proven that love truly does conquer all, it’s Magic and Cookie Johnson. The husband-and-wife duo have managed to keep their love alive through growing pains, infidelity and an HIV diagnosis. But the lovebirds admit that staying together took a lot more work than most people probably expect.

“We had our ups and downs,” Cookie admits in the July issue of EBONY. “We had a period where we were about to separate. There was a point where I was home all the time; he was working,” she continued. “Sometimes you start growing apart a little because he’s seeing new adventurous stuff. He’s out in the world. He’s growing. [But] I’m stagnant.”

Thankfully, they survived that rough patch in their relationship—something that Magic says had a lot to do with him learning to change.

“If I had kept going [that way] and the kids left, we would probably be divorced,” says Magic. “Now we’re so connected to each other, but it took that situation to bring us back.”

Sweetly, he adds that of all his greatest accomplishments, what he wanted most was to grow old with Cookie.

“I’ve always told Cookie, ‘The only thing I wanted was to grow old with you.’ [Now] we just look at each other and say how blessed we are.”

Cookie has clearly done some changing as well. Gone are the days where she sat around at home while Magic traveled the world. The bright-eyed beauty is now a businesswoman and the proud owner of high-end denim line, CJ Jeans, which is currently sold at Nordstrom. Apparently, Cookie’s new gig as CEO has worked wonders for their marriage as well.

“It’s so sexy,” Magic said with a wink. “It is beautiful to see her become this brand; this CEO.”

Unsurprisingly, friends of the couple say that they serve as an inspiration to those around them.

“They’re really a power couple,” said longtime friend Holly Robinson Peete. “And yet you still see how in love they are. With grace, forgiveness and love, they represent everything that is real and authentic about Black love.”

In the issue, Magic also emotionally discussed being HIV positive.

“In my quiet moments is when I cry inside to say, ‘Thank you, God, that I’m here to see my kids, play with my grandkids,” Magic said tearfully.

For more Cookie and Magic, pick up EBONY’s July issue, which celebrates “Sexy At Any Age.”

 

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