Magic Johnson has great advice for parents of LGBTQ youth.
The legendary athlete appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
, airing Wednesday, when he discussed his son, EJ
, publicly coming out. Johnson had nothing but praise for his 24-year-old son, when asked for his his advice to parents dealing with a child coming out as gay.
"I think it's all about you not trying to decide what your daughter or son should be, or what you want them to become," Johnson, 57, stressed. "It's all about loving them no matter who they are, what they decide to do. And when my son came out, I was so happy for him, and happy for us as parents -- and we love him, and EJ is amazing."
"So, you gotta support your child -- because there's so many people who try to descrimate against them, so they need you to support him, 'cause if you don't support him, who's gonna support him and love them?" he added. "You know, it's really important."
Johnson also talked about his interest in politics with DeGeneres, and revealed his one big regret in life!
ET spoke with Johnson's wife, Cookie, as well as EJ, backstage at the 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards earlier this month, where Cookie acknowledged that it took some time for her and her husband to accept EJ.
"In my book [2016 memoir Believing in Magic: My Story of Love, Overcoming Adversity, and Keeping the Faith], I dedicated a whole chapter to EJ," she said. "I did that because I wanted the world to know, you know, accept your children when they're babies -- when you understand, when they're young, and that way you instill positive things in them, and they can have a lot of self confidence, and go into this world and do wonderful things. It took me a long time to understand, you know, who he was and to get on board, and I wrote that chapter because I wanted other young parents to understand, don't wait so long. This is who they are. Embrace them from the beginning."
"I think we had to educate everyone around us, but you know, we took that challenge on, full force, and that's important," EJ added. "I think that's important for everyone to do."
"I think that a lot of people have always had a lot of questions about that," EJ said. "I play in men's and women's wear, and I kinda mix and things like that. I think it was an important conversation to have."