Italian fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana now claim that they “love gay couples […] gay adoption” just days after criticising gay parents and IVF.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana caused a storm – and an ensuing boycott – this week when they lashed out at same-sex adoption, IVF and surrogacy.
But now Gabbana says he does support IVF and that his business partner and former lover had chosen “the wrong words”.
The Italian designers – who are gay themselves – said, “We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.”
In the interview with Italy’s Panorama, Dolce criticised gay couples who have used IVF saying, “No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
As a result, Elton John – who has two sons with husband David Furnish – called for a boycott of the legendary brand.
“Shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children.”
In turn, the designers accused Sir Elton of being a “fascist” and refused to apologise.
But in a new interview with CNN, the fashion legends have tried to repair the rift.
Gabbana told the US network: “We love gay couples… We are gay. We love gay adoption. We love everything.”
However, the designer refused to dispel his comment saying it is his, “private point of view.”
Dolce attempted to appease their biggest critic, by saying that they would not counter-boycott the musician: “I love the music of Elton John.”
He claimed that his comments were part of his freedom of speech: “This for me is democracy.”
“I respect you because you choose what you want. I respect me because I choose what I want… This just my point of private view.”
They said that they believe that people shouldn’t boycott their brand because of a difference of opinion.
Gabbana added, “Boycott Dolce & Gabbana for what? They don’t think like you? This is correct? This is not correct. We are in 2015.”
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