Magic Johnson’s Wife, Cookie, Explains How He Told All of His Lovers He Had HIV

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It was November 7, 1991, when Los Angeles Lakers point guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson shocked the entire world when he announced that he had contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Back then, it was known as a death sentence and Magic was given only 3 more years to live. Two months from now will mark 25 years since Magic announced he had HIV in a press conference, and he is probably healthier now than he was when he found out he contracted the virus.

Cookie Johnson & Magic were only married for one month when she found out her new husband was HIV positive. Twenty-five years after that ordeal, she’s writing a new memoir and shared what exactly happen after that press conference and how Magic tracked down all the women he had slept with to inform them they might have gotten the disease from him.

Cookie writes in her new memoir ‘Believing in Magic’ that going through that herself was like being in her own ‘personal hell’ – one marked by ‘silence and darkness, numbness’.
That night in 1991 the Los Angeles Lakers point guard ‘locked himself in a room and called the long list of women with whom he’d been intimate’, Cookie writes.

Johnson’s playboy lifestyle and his habit of having unprotected sex had come back to haunt him.

He could not remember how many women he had slept with. So he tracked down as many as he could and gave each a call which would turn their lives upside down.

Johnson’s doctors told him that he had three years to live. To deal with the stress he shifted into ‘warrior mode’ and buried himself in organization.
Cookie said that she stopped thinking about the past and the future and she found that the only way to survive was to ‘breathe your way through this moment. And the next. And then each one that follows’.”

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