04/22/13 (Updated)

Magic Johnson's Wife Cookie Johnson

When Magic Johnson announced to the world that he had contracted HIV, I was only 11 and I didn't really understand it. We learned about it in health class and, at least for me, this was my first introduction to both HIV and AIDS. The world didn't know much about either at that point and my consensus at the time was that he wouldn't live very long. Then I figured out that he had contracted the disease from cheating on his wife numerous times and risked her life and the life of their unborn son in the process. My next consensus was that, if he did live long enough, his marriage certainly wouldn't last. Pretty logical thinking for an 11 year old, if I do say so myself.

Turns out that I was wrong on both counts. As Magic "celebrated" the 20th anniversary of his announcement to the world that he had contracted HIV on November 7, 2011, he did so with his wife by his side - their marriage apparently as strong as ever. Despite the fact that Magic cheated on his wife any number of times and also (admittedly unknowingly) exposed both Cookie and their unborn son to HIV - the couple has stayed together throughout the years. When deciding whether to go public with the news back in 1991, Magic and his wife had many long conversation on the subject. They ultimately decided that they should go public in an effort to help educate the world on the dangers of HIV/AIDS - and the world is a better place because of it. Magic now sports levels of HIV that are virtually undetectable, though he is not cured of the virus.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson married Earlitha "Cookie" Kelly in 1991, at a ceremony in Lansing, MI. Magic and Cookie had one son together, Earvin III, and, in 1995, they adopted a daughter, Elisa. Magic also has another son, Andre Johnson, from a previous marriage. Athletic skills and appropriate age aside, we assume that this isn't the Houston Texans Wide Receiver.

In addition to her work spreading the word about HIV/AIDS (though camera shy, she recently appeared in a PSA), Cookie Johnson started a clothing line aimed at average sized women, called CJ.

Finally, as a PlayerWives.com PSA to anyone wondering (I admit that I was), we have one final thing we'd like to point out. Magic and Cookie still "do our thing", as Magic puts it. Yup, they still have sex. The only restriction that they have is that they must use protection which, according to Magic, Cookie is totally comfortable with.

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21 Responses to “Magic Johnson's Wife Cookie Johnson”

  1. Sine :?

    Wat If the Condom breaks :?

  2. Sine :?


  3. TruthBeTold

    Must be a bummer to HAVE to use a condom each and every time. Guys live for the day when they don't have to cover it up. And if Magic should ever have an escapade with another woman, I'm sure he would use a condom given that the whole world knows his status.

  4. Anonymous

    Magic has a real wife! I truly know I would have left my marriage! God bless the family!!

  5. coachharry watts

    dear,magic My name is-coachharry watts iam a basketball fans los ángeles lakers iam glad we pick up dwight howard otimen the greates basketball teams all-timelos angeles

  6. Myra j Thompson

    Hi my name is Myra and I have a cusin with aids. Its really hard for a women too give it too a man. But I'm glad that magic was honest and didn't pass it around. Why did you get sicklerville when you got aids. I just prey that magic lives too be 100 years old. Do you have outbreak / please answer me.

  7. ric r

    money talks bullshit walks!

  8. swt c

    Word up! Humans we are all blessed to express the will to forgive,oftentimes we see when a person offend another but rarely see the offender apologize. Please dont get me wrong I find it hard to forgive a sex offender who took the initiative to harm a child,person,or inmate. I pray. I have had the chance to vote for and witnessed an African American President someday I will also witness LOVE in this world. Stay strong Magic, and Cookie may God 's Love manifest itself through you both (smile)

  9. Reva Link

    How can I get in touch with Cookie to schedule an appearance for my organization, Sisters with a Vision as key note speaker?

  10. Dorothy

    Cookie, for the sake of learning about how homosexuality happens to "straight couples" would you happen to know if your father or grandfather was homosexual? You could be carrying an X chromosome with the traight for that condition.

  11. qt8625

    Poor Cookie. Thats alot to forgive.

  12. Anonymous

    Cookie, you REALLLLLLLLLY love him, dont u? Congratulations to U Magic, if you deserve the attention...ng

  13. Stepdaddy

    Pressure burst pipes, I'm sure everybody had their two cents of advice to offer after you and Magic went public, but you didn't cave in. You are truly the Women of Steel. You go blk women.

  14. RICK

    God bless both of you and we love you. My wife know magic has always been my favorite player(with Kobe a close second) 1991 was a trying year. in November magic made his announcement which was very painful then before I could recover
    From that
    In December my only brother was murdered during a botched robbery. I felt as though I ost two brothers within a momth'S time. thank
    God my brother magic is still alive. Even though magic has never met me
    He will always feel like a brother. Thank you cookie for staying by his side.
    Two days ago on espn I saw the bio on magic and cookie. It was very powerful and emotional. May God forever bless your marriage. WE WILL KEEP YOULL UP IN PRAYER.
    GENESIS 18:14

  15. A wife

    I admire her courage but I doubt if I can ever forgive that. Just two years of marriage and he was already going back on his old habit.

  16. olivia reddick

    my daughter died at 28 yrs.old.Her boyfriend was a hemophyliac and did'nt tell her the baby had cmv disease.had to be operated on,and be given blood pallets.she passed away at 5 months old.it took 10 yrs. for the virus to come out.her life was short.tou both are blessed.love to you both.God bless.

  17. Barbara l. Scottson

    Strong woman comes from within. This is not passed on nor given to the one deserved.
    Why did you really stay by him? Come on we can talk about it. Money is a fracture.
    There is not enough love in the world to put your life on the line.
    Moses had 700 wives". I'm looking at your face real close and I see a round face.
    That is from Predsizone. I know that is one of the side effects. You need to down size and
    Come off of it. Magic and yourself are starting to have the same oval shape faces. Plus
    The Virus can lay dormant for 5 yrs and there is no trace. You need to Handel your health.

  18. brg

    I understand, I found out that I was HIV+ in april of 1992. Could have gotten disability and quit working, but didn't. Went on and worked and even bought a couple freight truck and did well with them. I didn't take medication for 18yrs. Got to the point that I was cold and tired all the time, went to doc and fount out that my Cd4count was down to 100 and viral load was less that 20, so that was good. Went on medication and I am doing well. I believe God has gave man the knowledge to create medicines to bless us (HIV) persons to live long normal lives. I've been with partner for 18yrs and he is not HIV+ and never have used a condom, and yes he knew before we got together. God bless u and all of us that has this on our mind at all time.

  19. Donna McGee

    Hi, Cookie and Magic Johnson. As I read all of your articles about your life, families, and friends. I must admit that I am very happy to know that Magic Johnson has lived for 20 years are more, despite, the fact; that he has the HIV/AIDS VIRUS. Please, always remember, that GOD, has the final word. And it's truly, a blessing to know, that he has such a wonderful wife such as; yourself; Cookie Johnson. Moreover, your family, true life store is what's keeping, the hope alive for so many people on this earth who has the HIV/AIDS VIRUS, AND FOR THOSE, THAT DO NOT HAVE THE VIRUS. I JUST GOT MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2014, TO A WONDERFUL MAN, WHO IS HIV/AIDS POSITIVE. BUT, (ME) HIS WIFE, (DONNA) IS HIV/AIDS NEGATIVE. YOUR FAMILY TRUE LIFE STORE IS UPLIFTING TO ME. BECAUSE, I WONDER, IF FAMILIES STAYED TOGETHER OR LIVE TOGETHER, IF ONE PARTNER IS POSITIVE AND THE OTHER ONE IS NEGATIVE. FAITH IS THE KEY TO MY LIFE AND TO MY FAMILIES LIVES!! GOD BLESS, AND I HOPE THAT YOUR FAMILY KEEP MOTIVATING THE PUBLIC ON THE TRUTH ABOUT, THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE, HIV/AIDS.AND MAGIC JOHNSON, YOU ARE STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITE FORMAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS, ALONG, WITH MICHEAL JORDAN, AND LARRY BIRD!! PEACE OUT!! LOVE, ALWAYS, DONNA MCGEE FRANK. BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA. 10/12/12.

  20. Anonymous

    Hey Dorothy, i see you're the idiot that asked if they have any gay uncles/fathers/grandfathers to see about the "condition": you're an idiot.

  21. Alyssa

    Thats wild. I just tested negative and I am still sort of freaked out. Im now very scared to have sex. Its not worth it ! These guys nowadays just want to leave you pregnant with a std. Not happening. Ugh. As for Cookie, she is a good one. I would have left him and took all his money :-(