Check out Magic Johnson's 60th Birthday Celebration on a Yacht with His Wife and Children
Magic Johnson just turned the big 6-0 and celebrated in style with family and friends aboard a yacht. The basketball legend and his wife shared photos from the lavish affair with emotional words.
Birthdays come once in a year and should be celebrated, but when you’re worth hundreds of millions of dollars, you get to take things to a whole different level.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. turned 60 on August 14 and although he marked the occasion with only family and a few friends, the birthday bash most likely cost a decent sum.
The former L.A. Lakers legend took to a yacht with his wife, Cookie Johnson, sons Andre and EJ, and daughter Elisa. He posed with all four and Andre’s wife, Melissa for a family photo with the caption:
“A blessed birthday indeed with the greatest birthday present in the world, my family. Thank you again to the amazing Aquila crew!”
LOVE FROM THE WIFE
Cookie also shared pictures from the birthday trip. In one shot, she rocked a yellow dress while leaning against her man, who also looked casual in a green t-shirt.
“Celebrating My Love,” she wrote. Happy Birthday, Earvin.”
The yacht was decorated with colorful balloons and a banner that said in All-Caps: “Happy birthday Magic Johnson.” There was also a modest white cake topped with a throwback pic of a young Magic during a Lakers game.
What was most touching, however, was Cookie’s birthday tribute to her husband of almost three decades. “You’ve come a long way, baby!!!” she captioned a photo gallery with one throwback pic of Magic and another of the couple at an event.
“I thank God for blessing you with 60 amazing years, full of dreams you have accomplished, new ones on the horizon, and helping so many along the way, God has so much more for you, as long as you continue to walk in His purpose. I am so proud to be a part of 42 of those years, I love you to pieces. Happy Birthday my Love.”
THE COOKIE-MAGIC JOURNEY
The Johnsons have even more reason to celebrate. In less than a month, Magic and Cookie, 60, will celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary.
The couple tied the knot in a small wedding on September 14, 1991, and has faced several challenges without losing each other or their marriage. The first was not too long after their wedding when Magic broke the news of his HIV diagnosis to Cookie.
“It scared me to death. I mean, I fell to my knees,” she recalled during a 2016 “Good Morning America” interview. “We both fell on our knees, and we started crying.”
DEALING WITH HIV
At the time, Cookie was pregnant with their first child and would eventually heave a sigh of relief when the HIV tests came back negative for her and their unborn son.
Despite Magic telling his wife he’d understand if she decided to leave him, Cookie stayed by his side. Together, they launched the Magic Johnson Foundation to combat HIV and on June 4, 1992, welcomed their first child, Earvin “EJ” Johnson III.
DEALING WITH DIFFERENT
Magic and Cookie’s next big challenge would arise when they realized their son was different. From a young age, EJ would rather play with dolls and dresses than with toy trucks.
Over the years, it became clear to Magic and his wife that their son was not just going through a phase. It was easier for Cookie to accept that EJ was gay, but for the man many consider as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, the story was different.
MAGIC'S FIRST RESPONSE
Last year, during an appearance on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Facebook series, “Red Table Talk,” Cookie recalled her husband’s initial reaction:
“My husband is the kind of person like he reacts quickly. Everything that came to the top of his head, he just let it out. It hurt my feelings and I know it probably hurt [EJ’s] feelings.”
WORKING IT OUT
Not too long after, however, Magic came around, and by the time EJ would come out as gay in 2013, the reality star had his entire family’s support.
“You gotta support your child because there's so many people who try to discriminate against them,” Magic said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2017. “If you don't support ‘em, who's gonna support ‘em and love them? It's all about loving them no matter who they are.”
Happy birthday, Magic!
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