"your biggest fan"

Magic Johnson posts moving birthday message to son EJ

Former basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson has gone viral with a sweet birthday messages to his son, EJ Johnson (Earvin Johnson III).

Magic posted a photo of himself alongside EJ, who is wearing a stunning dress.

Magic said, “Happy Birthday to my son, EJ!

“EJ is amazing and intelligent and has helped so many other people live life as their authentic selves, comfortable in their own skin.

“Never forget I will always be here to support, guide, and love you because I’m your biggest fan!”

The tweet has had over 49k likes. A similar post on Instagram gained 81,000 likes.

“A joy to see my kids happy”

EJ’s mom, Cookie Johnson, also shared a birthday message on Instagram. Alongside a slideshow of photos of her son, she said, “Happy Birthday my EJ! Wishing you the best birthday ever. Continue to be your most fabulous self!! I love and admire you so much. Can’t wait to celebrate with you today. I love you so much!”

EJ was born on June 4, 1992. He turned 32 yesterday. The son of Magic and his wife Cookie, EJ made headlines when he came out as gay in 2013. In 2014, he appeared on the reality show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. This was followed by the spinoff show, EJNYC.

More recently, EJ voiced the character Michael Collins in the animated Disney show, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.

EJ’s known for his androgynous style and gender fluidity.

Besides his basketball career, Magic Johnson, 64, is well known for revealing back in 1991 that he was living with HIV. He instantly became one of the most famous people in the world to share their HIV-positive status. He has become a spokesperson for living healthily with the virus. Through his support of his son, he’s also regarded as a proud, queer ally.

The love and respect are mutual: EJ has often posted messages of support to his pops.

Many welcomed Magic’s tweet.

Late last night, Magic posted another photo to Instagram to mark EJ’s birthday dinner.

“What a fabulous dinner to celebrate EJ’s birthday tonight!” he said in the accompanying caption. “As a parent, it’s always a joy to see my kids happy!”

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