Cookie Johnson

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American HIV awareness advocate and businesswoman, Celebrity Partner (1959)
Fri Apr 17 2020
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Husband : Magic Johnson
Cookie Johnson Married To Magic Johnson In 1991

Cookie Johnson is an American celebrity partner best known for being an NBA player's loving wife, Magic Johnson. As of now, she works as a  devoted philanthropist, spokesperson and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Magic Johnson Foundation. 

The celebrity partner was born on January 20, 1959, in Huntsville, Alabama as Earletha Kelly to the parent's Earl and Cora Kelly. Further, she has one older sister Pat and younger brother Harold Earl. As far as her education, she studied at Michigan State University. Further, she holds American citizenship.

Happily Married to Famous NBA player, Magic

61, Cookie and Magic, 60, had their first interaction in 1977 during their freshman year of college. Ms. Johnson recalls the memory by saying there’s no way he’s going to pick me over all these other women because every girl on campus wanted to meet him.

Cookie Johnson and Magic Johnson Got Married after 3 month of Dating in 1991
Photo: Cookie Johnson and Magic Johnson at their wedding days
Source: Instagram @thecookiej

The pair then immediately began dating and after 3 months of a love affair, the basketball star told his parents that Cookie was the one he was going to marry.

Finally, the high school sweethearts in Magic's hometown of Lansing, Michigan on September 14, 1991. Guests like Thomas, Aguirre, and Herb Williams also engaged in the wedding ceremony.

Cookie Johnson and Magic Johnson have celebrated their 28th Marriage Anniversary on September 14, 2019
Image: Cookie Johnson and Magic Johnson have celebrated their 28th Marriage Anniversary on September 14, 2019
Source: Instagram @thecookiej

Shortly after 45 days of marriage, Magic published he was HIV positive. In a Good Morning America interview, Magic credits Cookie's unwavering love for his survival that never wavered in loving him.

Ms. Jonhson stated:  

"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,'" 

The couple, however, has stayed together through the years despite various ups and downs. The basketball Hall Of Famer, in shouting out his wife, wrote an endearing post on Instagram explaining his decision to marry her three decades ago. He stated:

“I told you and my parents after three months of dating that you were going to be the one I was going to marry,” he recalls. “And by far, marrying you was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

Thus, Johnson, who had retired from basketball in 1991 credits his wife for her unconditional support and love.

Mother of one Son 

From their nuptials, Cookie and Johnson have one son, Earvin III (EJ) Johnson, born on June 4, 1992.  Aged 27, EJ, came out as a gay at thе аgе оf ѕеvеntееn уеаrѕ in 2013, after TMZ videotaped him walking down Sunset Boulevard holding hands with a male friend.

In fact, as proud parents, they nеvеr dіѕсrіmіnаtеd аgаіnѕt Earvin and gave him full ѕuрроrt оn bеіng gау. Then after coming out, EJ who is best known for the reality show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills dіd lеаvе thе Wеѕt Аngеlеѕ Сhurсh оf Gоd іn Сhrіѕt, where he grew up.

Cookie and Magic Johnson's Son came out as a gay at thе аgе оf ѕеvеntееn уеаrѕ
Image: Cookie Johnson with her son and husband
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In addition, in 1995, the romantic couple adopted a daughter, Elisa Johnson. Before this, Magic had first fathered a son Andre Johnson with Melissa Mitchell in 1981. While his mother raised Andre, he visited Johnson every summer, and later served as a marketing director for Magic Johnson Enterprises.

How rich is Cookie Johnson in 2020?

As an HIV awareness advocate and businesswoman, Cookie Johnson has earned a desirable amount of money. As of 2020, she shares an impressive $50 million net worth throughout her multiple works. Alongside her husband, she launched their own foundation, named Magic Johnson Foundation.

Moreover, Earlitha also designs a famous denim brand, carried at luxury department stores including Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales. Therefore, she receives a respectable amount of fortune from these jobs.

On the other hand, as of 2020, her partner Magic Johnson has a valuation of $600 Million. As a coach and player with the National Basketball Association (NBA), he made this heavy wealth. Likewise, he signed a $25 million contract with the Lakers for a 25-year term in 1980.

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