Magic Johnson Reflects On The Difficulty in Telling Wifes Cookie About HIV Diagnosis


Magic Johnson has opened up about the most difficult time in his life. He had to tell Cookie Johnson that he was HIV-positive. Johnson was diagnosed just 45 days after the couple got married. Before they were married, they had been dating for 14 years. They also had two cancelled weddings. Johnson discovered Cookie while she was pregnant with their first child.

“It was hard because I loved her so much and I hated to hurt her,”Gayle King was the one who spoke out about his condition in a recent interview. Johnson had no symptoms. After a routine medical, Johnson was informed that he had contracted the virus. He confessed that he had been sexually irresponsible and never used protection with different women.

“I’ve played against some of the best basketball players in the world, right? I’ve been in championships. I’ve been in nine [NBA] Finals, so I know pressure. But there was no greater pressure than driving home to tell her,”He continues. “The key moment was when Cookie took the test and the results came back that she and the baby were fine.”

He stated that Cookie and their unborn child were his highest priorities. “I wanted to make sure that she was going to be okay, the baby was going to be okay, and then I can move forward with making sure I was going to be okay.”

They were initially met with resistance when he revealed his diagnosis to the public. “At that time, people weren’t educated so they thought you couldn’t touch people. You couldn’t hug people. And I didn’t want people to treat us like we were lepers.”

Cookie shared her story about finding out the fate of her husband in an interview she did with us in 2016. Good Morning AmericaRobin Roberts. “It scared me to death. I mean, I fell to my knees. We both fell on our knees and we started crying. I didn’t have time to get mad about whatever happened, you know, or start asking questions. [My mind] went to ‘He is possibly going to die. There wasn’t a lot of knowledge back in 1991.”

Her decision to leave Magic was never an option. “He said, ‘If you want to leave, you know, I don’t blame you. It’s OK. I understand.’ Then I said, ‘Are you kidding me? No. I love you. I’m gonna stay here and help you live. I’m gonna stay here and we’re gonna beat this thing. We’re gonna figure out how to beat this thing,'”She remembered.