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Sea­son 1 E! (*124) 18:00 EJ be­fore his weight loss.

He’s only 23 but EJ John­son is ready to take on New York in his show EJ NYC (2016-cur­rent), a six-episode spin-off from #RichKids Of Bev­erly Hills (2014cur­rent). And while he’s best known as the son of re­tired bas­ket­ball leg­end Earvin “Magic” John­son, Earvin Junior isn’t liv­ing in his dad’s shadow – he’s mak­ing his mark in his own loud-and­proud, can’t-miss-me way.

EJ NYC isn’t only about fash­ion, 1

celebs and star-power – EJ’s us­ing it as a plat­form to talk about chal­lenges that the LGBT (les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der) com­mu­nity faces. Ex­plains EJ, “I don’t like say­ing that I’m the voice for any­body be­cause I don’t like to have that pres­sure on me, but when I feel pas­sion­ate about some­thing, I speak on it.”

EJ came out as gay pub­licly in 2013 2

but he’s had the sup­port of his dad Magic (56) and mom Cookie (57) for years. Magic adds that “Cookie and I love EJ and sup­port him in ev­ery way. We’re proud of him. Ho­mo­pho­bia is still an is­sue ev­ery­where, but es­pe­cially in the black com­mu­nity”.

While he didn’t strug­gle with his 3

sex­u­al­ity, EJ’s been wag­ing war on his weight for years – and he won it in 2015. Says EJ, “The [gas­tric by­pass] surgery was the best thing that ever hap­pened to me. I never thought that I’d look this good!” He adds that “a strict diet and Pi­lates” helped him lose 81kg in nine months.

EJ en­rolled at New York Univer­sity 4

in 2013 to study a four-year fash­ion jour­nal­ism and me­dia de­gree.

And while he ad­mits that “I’m 5

not in­ter­ested in the dat­ing scene right now”, EJ has been spot­ted get­ting cosy with Ja­son Kidd Jr, the son of bas­ket­ball player Ja­son Kidd.

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