Celebrity Interviews

Cookie Johnson Talks Through her Book “Believing In Magic,” Fighting HIV with her Husband & Power of Prayer

Celebrating 25 years of marriage to her husband Magic Johnson, Cookie Johnson joins Sway in the Morning to talk about her new book “Believing In Magic.”

Dating on and off for 12 years before finally getting married, Cookie remembers the day, one month into their marriage, that Magic found out he had HIV. With him every step of the way she reveals Magic gave her the option to leave upon hearing the news. Pregnant with their son EJ at the time, Cookie never even thought about letting go of her family.

Right away testing herself along with her unborn son she says the two week waiting period was pure torture. Shutting down rumors of different things people made up about contracting the disease along with lifestyle choices, Cookie admits that times were incredibly hard for a while.

Turning to her faith she opens up about her son EJ and how she praying he would be accepted by the church for being homosexual. Saying God told her love was always the answer she lights up talking about how proud she is of him.

Watch the full interview above and head to Amazon to grab your copy of “Believing In Magic.”


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