Truth can be bitter sometimes and so was for Earlitha Kelly when her husband, Magic Johnson revealed her about his disease. The retired Basketball player, who had exchanged the wedding vows forty-five days before, not only confessed about him being inflicted with HIV but also asked her to take the test, which eventually gave a positive result. Both the couple is HIV victims now but is enjoying their relationship and career achievements.
Earlitha Kelly known as ‘Cookie’ is a businesswoman who has a net worth of $50 Million. She is also an advocate and has actively involved in American HIV awareness programs.
Her career started when she worked as a retailer for sports Wear Company located in Los Angeles, California. She also designs a favorite brand of jeans for the luxury department stores such as ‘Neiman Marcus’ and ‘Bloomingdales.’
She with her husband launched their foundation, ‘Magic Johnson Foundation’ where the two began to get actively involved in the support of HIV/AIDS awareness/prevention initiatives, research projects, and campaign.
Married to Player Husband!
Cookie and Magic met each other at Michigan State when they were students. And after years of dating, the couple got married on September 14, 1991.
Caption: Cookie and Magic married in 1991, in Lansing, his hometown in Michigan
Everything was going pretty- well in their relationship until Johnson revealed her that he has been diagnosed with HIV.
It had only been forty-five days since their marriage when he asked Earlitha to have her blood tested. For a moment, she had fallen on her knees after hearing the news but she never left his hands afterward.
Earlitha, who was in her pregnancy phase, learned that she and her baby was already inflicted by the HIV virus. His late confession could have easily ruined their marriage for a short duration, but Earlitha always stood by him as a pillar of strength.
Mother of Two Children!
The eldest son of the couple, Earvin III (EJ), is a star on the reality show ‘Rich Kids of Beverly Hills’ and has declared openly of being a gay. Similarly, the couple adopted a baby girl in 1995 and decided to name her Elisa.
Caption: Earlitha with her family on 'Steve Harvey TV show' on August 23, 2016.
Her Short Bio:
Earlitha Kelly was born on January 20, 1959, in Huntsville, Alabama, the United States as per wiki. Her parents Cora Kelly and Earl Kelly gave her all the love and raised her with their full support. Alumni of Michigan State University, she graduated with a degree in Retailing and Textiles. Earlitha is an American by nationality and her ethnicity is Afro-American. She stands at a tall height of 1.68 m and has a very appealing body structure.