EJ Johnson might not be one of the five core cast members on #RichKids of Beverly Hills — read: not in any of the promo photos — but he’s quickly become one of our favorite faces on the show!
The son of basketball legend and HIV/AIDS activist Earvin “Magic” Johnson, EJ has appeared on every episode of the new E!’s reality show so far. He’s funny, snarky, full of personality, and has quickly emerged as a #RichKids standout.
A longtime friend of Dorothy Wang, EJ is currently going to school in NYC, but he flies back to L.A. frequently to hang with his Beverly Hills pals. The 21-year-old is studying event management and design at New York University.
Back in April 2013, EJ made national headlines after being photographed holding hands with NYC student and fashion intern Alessandro Monetti. EJ publicly came out as gay soon after, and Magic Johnson quickly spoke out, praising his son’s honesty and pledging his unconditional love and support.
EJ came out to his father at age 12. "We've known for a long time that my son EJ was gay," the former L.A. Laker said in 2013. "We finally had to sit down and talk about it. I told him, 'Look, I'm gonna love you regardless, just let me know. Are you, or aren't you?' And finally he said, 'Yes, I am.'”
When he’s not in school, EJ can be seen stopping by E! News give his take on all things fashion. You can keep up with EJ by following him on Twitter @prince_ej and Instagram @ejjohnson_.
He’s been live-tweeting the show, and stopping to reflect on how strange it is to see yourself on a reality show. “My first appearance so weird to see myself on tv #rkobh #showstopper” he tweeted on January 19.
It might feel weird now, but we’re sure that seeing yourself on TV feels more natural eventually. Whatever the case, we’re just glad EJ’s on the show and we hope he continues to show up in many more episodes to come!
Sources: Us Weekly, TMZ, Magic Johnson Foundation