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Wife reveals the night basketball superstar Magic Johnson locked himself in a room after HIV diagnosis to call his ex-lovers because he always had unprotected sex

cookie johnson memoir excerpt

Although Magic Johnson's announcement about his HIV-positive status was decades ago, his wife Cookie remembers

it like it was yesterday.

For her new memoir Believing in Magic, the ultimate WAG touched on her husband's decision to go public about his diagnosis and the humiliating process of tracking down his past lovers. As you may recall, the former NBA star shocked the world in 1991 when he revealed that he was retiring from the Los Angeles Lakersas he was diagnosed with the disease.

Of course, before Magic made his public confession, he first told his beloved wife — only six weeks into their marriage. To make matters worse, Cookie was pregnant at the time. Oh man!


In excerpt obtained by Daily Mail, Miz Johnson wrote: 

"My husband walked toward me, took my hand into his and slowly marched me back into the den…the two of us sat at the foot of our huge chaise lounge and I held my breath."

At another point, the mother-of-two added:

"In just one moment our world, this perfect union we'd fought so hard and so long to have was obliterated."

So sad! After the basketball icon told his wife that she could leave him, the loyal spouse grabbed the American athlete's hand, placed it on her belly, and told him they would "beat this together." Intense stuff!


Unfortunately, this was only the beginning of the A-lister's hardship as he then had to call as many of his past lovers as possible to inform them of his condition. Cookie revealed Johnson had:

"…locked himself in a room and called the long list of women with whom he'd been intimate."

Obviously, the 57-year-old had her own hardships as she had to deal with the fear that her baby might have HIV too. She noted:

"Every morning I would wake up in a panic, worried that I too might be HIV positive and die. Or worse, that my baby would be sick and not make it. The stress coursed through my veins like a poison, occupying practically every moment of my day."

Thankfully, Cookie's test result came back negative. The most inneresting thing about this memoir is how Magic's HIV diagnosis wasn't even the biggest struggle the powerhouse couple faced during their longtime relationship. Apparently Cookie and Magic were on and off for 12 years prior to getting married — and it appears infidelity was a BIG problem in the Johnsons' relationship. The fashion designer noted:

"This would be the first of many times in our romance journey that (Johnson's) fear of commitment and penchant for alpha male dominance would tear us apart."

Oof! Be sure to catch all of the drama for yourself by snagging a copy of Believing in Magic when it drops on September 20.

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Comment by mr1stroke on September 15, 2016 at 2:20pm

Vana we can all do what makes us happy thats all i was born in sin, like i said before if the way im living is committing sin for now every time i wake up i look at my self in the mirror i look for two things, honesty with my self and also happiness as for God i tried to pray for guidance every day my father is a pastor even though i dont make it to sunday dinner where we usually have discussion, im always on the phone with him and we pretty much always discussing my life because guidance is what i seek, which makes me be honest with my self and others the rest will be fine, any one who lives in the dark about something they are lying to others about are those who will have to look at their selves in the mirror so for now i can tell you i am good

Comment by Vana on September 15, 2016 at 2:14pm

Mr1stroke, live your life as you see fit as you will have to look in the mirror and face yourself and God one day. I am perfectly content to do things more righteously than most, not saying I am perfect but keeping as far from sin as possible. I don't live with men nor fornicate with lots of men. However, I will go all out for one man. THE ONE! Have not found a man worthy yet.

Comment by mr1stroke on September 15, 2016 at 1:43pm

Vana that sounds good but God did not make us to live in many ways but we choose to do the opposite in some of them. now on here can tell me they are living a staright life some where around they are abusing the rules of God but if some body wants to be perfect and come on here and type lives good luck to them, as for me i do not know them and do not care im a total stranger i have to make sure i have the courage to be honest since God also says we must confess our sins so every day i confess mine and be honest with my self, i will not live miserable by following rules and restriction that will not be respect by others, so im upfront with every woman i meet, if a woman feels she is different from the rest allow me to get to know her and make the choice if she feels she has a lot to offer and hold my views and morals give me the time to learn that otherwise im far from a fool a woman can be perfect i will not take her words for it, so sorry to tell you i appreciate great sex casual, one night stand, threesome with two women as long we can smile for the moment i am with it to all who believe in commitment you have to do what makes you happy life is to life so live yours and i will live mine and every thing is alright lol, i wish i can be online lying like the rest of them but it wont pay and that would be me lowering my self how many people can i lie to when i dont even know them?

Comment by mr1stroke on September 15, 2016 at 1:35pm

Donnette Mathieson i im trying to understand your situation but the way im reading it you made that choice may be because you believed in love so my question would be to you, what is love? because at the end of the day we should know who we should be riding and dying for, or stuck by, and people who believe in what they call love and not the reality of what is love usually stuck by the wrong people and its up to you to know who you are with i dont believe in people change when they were already bad but i do believe in improvement so in your case you did what just about every women out there did and still doing yet blaming the men or the world, women say they are smart but how come a woman cannot tell when a man is f***** up or choose to stick by someone who is messed up, in your case your man was a selfish person and im sure he was always that person you just choose not to see it and im pretty sure at least one person close to you point that out, if you choose to be in relationship with someone observation start the first day you start your friendship but as you can see most women these days do not believe in friendship they just want to jump in relationship again as smart as women claim they are i just dont understand how can you be committed and loyal to someone you barely know, how can you love someone you dont even like? when you are friend with someone even the dislike you sill appreciate, you will laugh at the corney jokes and put with the attitude if that person likes you and loves you back he or she will bring the best out of you, this is why these days i tell every one i strongly believe in friendship because it gives me the option to exit fast if we cannot be friends and also i do not restore women, i might deal with her and give her advice but i will not go the extra lengh because 9 times out of 10 those same women usually look for that same type of relationship or go back to those same men, as for you i do not your situation so i can only hope is well with you and also if you believe there are good person out there allow a man to make you smile again after all you suppose to learn from your experience and carry on in life as a shield, one thing i tell people i dont care what happen i will not let any one or anything stop me from living the way i want to live and make me happy so either you can live or be miserable your life your choice

Comment by Vana on September 15, 2016 at 12:31pm

You cannot expect a woman to stand by you when you continually abuse her trust and make the same mistakes over and over again.  Sorry Mr1stroke but casual sex is not the way God intended.  God intends us to be loyal and faithful to one person.  Can't relax and just have sex with anyone if he is not THE ONE!  Cheating once can be forgiven but don't press our luck!

Comment by Vana on September 15, 2016 at 12:25pm

If Magic has unprotected sex all the time, how come he does not have lots of kids?  Perhaps the women were using birth control if he wasn't?

Comment by mr1stroke on September 15, 2016 at 12:33am
WEAVER johns It's cool as much as we have so many trash running around these days we have to recognize they don't have those kind of women like that around anymore what you have these days are thoae focus on big dicks. Men with money to take care of them or put up with some bullshit like they can have a girl friend on the side but if a Man f*** another woman it's cheating these days that relationship is a mess and every one who claim they are in love are lying soon you turn around they broke up I sat down and read about cookie and Simon those are some strong women and they face the reality of life if you pick a powerful man the world will want him so if udont want someone who will be wanted by the world pick a broke mufucker at the end those same men who sit around don't do nothing still cheat so who are we fooling so give it up to the few good women who still exist don't leave ur man for a f*** otherwise u WI be out there getting f***
Comment by mr1stroke on September 15, 2016 at 12:13am
nadzz dean I'm not looking for any to trust me nor do I need to be trusted in this time we living in its every one lying one to the next so I'll just be honest upfront until I find someone that is compatible and see life for what it is until then I love my life the way it is I don't have to complaint or worry about the other person I see them when see the we do what we do until then the time we see again we don't have to be enemy like those liars who claimed to be in love after soloing being together they become the worse enemy if that is love I'll take sex 10 times lol life is great like The kellogs tiger
Comment by Lu on September 14, 2016 at 9:23pm

I respect her tenacity to stick with Magic, he's just like any other man, with them wondering eyes(I still love the man),. and I understand that she realizes some people make mistakes, and it's your decision to weather the storm separately or together. I met Magic Johnson, a few times, working at Madison Square Garden at the T-shirt counter, back in the early '90's, the man loved the just have to be more careful with these women...

Comment by nadzz dean on September 14, 2016 at 7:09pm
Mr1Stroke honestly they're a lot of great women out here including myself who stood by my husband through hell and back. He met in an accident and injured both legs and everyone else disappeared I was the only one by his side until today .so you can still find a good woman but if you keep doing what you are doing it's going to be very hard for anyone to trust you....I am just saying!

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