You would think that if the explosive revelation that Magic Johnson had the HIV virus did not destroy his marriage to Cookie, then nothing could.
But in the latest edition of Ebony magazine, the Earvin and Cookie Johnson said there was an even more insidious enemy lurking on the periphery of their marriage that nearly contaminated their close bond.
The Johnsons share their secrets to maintaining a healthy, stable marriage despite Magic’s rigorous work schedule.
“We had our ups and downs. We had a period where we were about to separate,” Cookie Johnson revealed. “There was a point where I was home all the time; he was working. Sometimes you start growing apart a little because he’s seeing new adventurous stuff. He’s out in the world. He’s growing. [But] I’m stagnant.”
“If I had kept going [that way] and the kids left, we would probably be divorced,” the NBA legend-turned-businessman added. “Now we’re so connected to each other, but it took that situation to bring us back. I’ve always told Cookie, ‘The only thing I wanted was to grow old with you.’ [Now] we just look at each other and say how blessed we are.”