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E.J. Johnson Loses 50 Lbs. Since Undergoing Gastric Sleeve Surgery

E.J. Johnson Loses 50 Lbs. Since Undergoing Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Originally posted 10/01/2014 07:20AM

Since undergoing gastric sleeve surgery five weeks ago, E.J. Johnson has lost 50 lbs.

The weight loss "is really exciting," the #RichKids of Beverly Hills star, 22, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "[Weight] is something that I've been struggling with for pretty much all of my life."

After several popular diets failed to provide any permanent change, Magic Johnson's son says he began considering gastric sleeve surgery – which makes the stomach smaller – two years ago.

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Magic Johnson's Son on Coming Out – at 17

Magic Johnson's Son on Coming Out – at 17

Originally posted 09/01/2014 10:45AM

#RichKids of Beverly Hills star E.J. Johnson opens up about making peace with his famous family and forging his own path to stardom

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Barack Obama, Basketball Greats React to Donald Sterling Racism Scandal

Barack Obama, Basketball Players React to Donald Sterling's Alleged Racist Comments

Originally posted 04/28/2014 10:50AM

Even President Barack Obama is weighing in on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk. And that's what happened here," Obama said Sunday at a news conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, reports Sports Illustrated.

He continued: "The NBA is a league that is beloved by fans all across the country. It's got an awful lot of African-American players. It's steeped in African-American culture. And I suspect that the NBA is going to be deeply concerned in resolving this."

Sterling, who allegedly made racially charged comments in an audio recording obtained and released by TMZ, has also earned reactions from some of the biggest names in basketball.

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Check Out Alan Thicke's Antics in His New Reality Show, Unusually Thicke | Alan Thicke

UpdatePosted 03/13/2014 04:30PM

Alan Thicke Launches New Reality Show, Unusually Thicke

Originally posted 03/13/2014 03:20PM

With a title like Unusually Thicke, how can reality show fans stay away?

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Magic Johnson's Son E.J. Is Cool with Publicity Over His Sexuality

E.J. Johnson III Admits He Is Cool with Publicity for Sexuality

Originally posted 04/16/2013 04:00PM

It was heartwarming to hear NBA great Earvin "Magic" Johnson's recent words of support for his gay son "E.J." Earvin Johnson III, and now E.J. himself is speaking out on the subject of his personal life – and how it suddenly went public.

Since first going public about his sexuality earlier this month, Johnson went on to tell host Howard Bragman on the latest episode of the webcast Gwissues, that "for me it was really, I guess, surprising, because I didn't think it was going to be that big a deal, since I was out to my family and friends for at least five years now."

Still, stepping into the spotlight, "It was almost as if I was coming out of the closet again," Johnson said. "Reliving the experience has been both exciting and interesting."

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Stories You Loved: Magic Johnson Supports Gay Son E.J. 'A Million Percent' | Magic Johnson

Stories You Loved: Magic Johnson Supports Gay Son E.J. 'A Million Percent'

Originally posted 04/06/2013 10:00AM

With so much contention in the world, it was heartwarming to hear Magic Johnson's recent supportive comments about his gay son, Earvin Johnson III, coming out to him years ago.

Readers loved the story about the NBA legend, 53, who told his boy, "Hey, we are here to support you, man. We're going to love you no matter who you are, what you do. We just want you to love yourself."

Johnson's comments to a reporter this week were prompted by his son, 20 – also known as E.J. – holding hands with a man publicly on the Sunset Strip in L.A.

For the full story, click here.

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Magic Johnson: I Support My Gay Son One Million Percent | Magic Johnson

UpdatePosted 04/04/2013 12:00PM

Magic Johnson Supports His Gay Son E.J. 'A Million Percent'

Originally posted 04/04/2013 09:55AM

For Magic Johnson, supporting his gay son Earvin Johnson III, known as "E.J.," wasn't even a question. But Magic knew that for E.J., coming out to his parents, which happened years ago, was just the first step.

"I told him, 'Hey, we are here to support you, man. We're going to love you no matter who you are, what you do. We just want you to love yourself,' " the NBA legend, 53, tells TMZ.com in a new video.

It was six or seven years ago that Magic and E.J. had that talk. And Magic remembers asking E.J. at the time: "What do you think about what your friends and [other] people are going to say once you tell them? Or have you told anybody?"

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Magic Johnson: How HIV Brought My Family Closer

Magic Johnson Tells How HIV Brought His Family Closer

Originally posted 10/10/2012 08:00PM

When Magic Johnson announced he was HIV positive in 1991, many thought his career – even his life – would be over. But the former basketball superstar and current sports commentator is going strong.

Johnson, who is also an HIV prevention and awareness activist, says he draws strength from his wife Earlitha "Cookie" Kelly and his three children, Andre, Earvin and Elisa.

"They get on me making sure I'm doing everything the right way," he told PEOPLE Wednesday at a press event for OraQuick, the first at-home HIV test kit. Johnson, 53, says his family constantly asks, " 'Are you taking your meds, are you working out, are you eating healthy?' "

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Magic Johnson: Tony Romo 'Great' at Handling Celebrity

Magic Johnson: Tony Romo 'Great' at Handling Celebrity

Originally posted 08/07/2008 12:50PM

NBA legend Magic Johnson knows a thing or two about playing in the spotlight – and he says Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback and Jessica Simpson's boyfriend – can handle the hype too.

The former Laker, who brought "Showtime" basketball to L.A., visited Romo at the Cowboys' training camp Wednesday in Oxnard, Calif.

"I think he's doing great," Johnson, 48, said of the 28-year-old football star. "With everything that has been thrown at him, if you remember back with the fumble [that cost the Cowboys a playoff win in 2007], and now Jessica, I think he's done an incredible job. All Tony has to do now is just win."

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FIRST LOOK: Magic Johnson HIV-Awareness PSA

Originally posted 06/09/2008 09:40AM

Basketball legend Magic Johnson and director Spike Lee are teaming up to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in a new set of public service announcements.

Directed by Lee, the two PSAs – "Stand" and "Talk" – feature Johnson, 48, and his wife Cookie, 49, encouraging the public to get informed about the disease, especially the younger population.

"I think a lot of times we just don't have the information," Johnson tells PEOPLE. "Especially young people. They think they're invincible and nothing can happen to them but the numbers are showing that those getting HIV are real young now. We have to now do something about that."

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