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Magic and Cookie Johnson Say Marriage ‘Couldn’t Be Better’

February 3, 1993

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Earvin ″Magic″ Johnson and his wife said Tuesday that rumors about a split in their marriage are ridiculous.

″I have no idea where these rumors could have started. We’re really tired of it,″ Mrs. Johnson said in response to a published report.

″We’re doing great. It couldn’t be better. We’re getting along better than we ever have,″ she said during a brief telephone interview from the couple’s Beverly Hills home.

The retired Los Angeles Lakers basketball star was listening in on the conversation and joked: ″I’m throwing her out. Where do you want to live, Cookie?″

A New York Newsday column, Inside New York, reported Monday: ″The word from L.A. is that Magic Johnson’s wife, Cookie, has left their West Coast digs and moved back to the couple’s home in Michigan.″

″They don’t even have a house in Michigan,″ said Lon Rosen, spokesman for the couple. ″It is a completely fabricated story. They made it up.″

New York Newsday spokeswoman Chiara Colletti said the newspaper stands by its story.

″I talked to our Inside New York people and they said they got it from an excellent source,″ Colletti said. ″They called Magic’s agent, who denied it, so they printed his denial.″

Johnson stunned the nation in November 1991 when he announced he had contracted the AIDS virus and was retiring. Mrs. Johnson said his health remained excellent.

Johnson celebrated his wife’s 34th birthday last month with a lavish party, said Rosen. Johnson was at home Tuesday morning playing with their 8-month-old son, Earvin Johnson III. Mrs. Johnson and the baby don’t have the AIDS virus.

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