It’s been more than twenty years since NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson announced to the world that he had HIV. In the years since, he has built as business empire becoming the first black owner of a major league baseball team with the LA Dodgers. In a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey for Oprah’s Next Chapter, Johnson details his promiscuous past, why he and wife Cookie are soul mates and supporting his son EJ with coming out to the public.
Oprah: When you were following around with all those women were you serious about any of them?
Magic Johnson: Oh no, oh no and they knew. They wanted to be Miss Johnson and I was like, ‘Uh, ah I only got one person that’s gonna be Miss Johnson’. And they were like, ‘What? Why [not] me? Who is that? Who is she?’ All those type of things..When I get married, I’m marrying Cookie and they all knew that.
Oprah: Did it ever even occur to you to use protected sex?
Magic Johnson: No. I think at that time, it wasn’t a thing that everybody even talked about [protected sex]. It was the 80’s. It was a fun time and everybody having sex, unprotected sex.
Oprah: With one or more women at the same time?
Oprah: How do you end an evening? Does the girl just then leave, will I see you again?