Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana face a backlash after their comments opposing gay adoption, with Sir Elton John leading calls for a boycott of the Dolce & Gabbana label.
The designers, who were a couple for 23 years until breaking up in 2005, said in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama: “We oppose gay adoptions,” they say, “The only family is the traditional one.
“No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
Dolce went on to say that having children should be an “act of love”.
He said: “You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that’s how it should be.
“I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalogue.”
Sir Elton John, who has two children with his husband David Furnish, called for people to boycott the label.
He wrote on Instagram: “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’.”
“And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children.
“Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions.
“I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”
Gabbana has since said that: “It was never our intention to judge other people’s choices.
“We do believe in freedom and love.”