By Olumide Adesida (with agency reports)
The designers have spoken out after stars, including Ricky Martin, Ryan Murphy, John Barrowman and Sharon Stone backed Sir Elton John, who has 3-year-old Zachary, and 23-month-old Elijah with his husband, David Furnish, when he called for a boycott against the company for ‘opposing’ same-sex families and branding kids conceived via fertility treatment as ‘synthetic’.
Stefano Gabbana has now said: ‘We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.’
And his design partner, Domenico Dolce, said while his own family was ‘traditional’, that did not ‘imply that I don’t understand different ones.’
He added: ‘I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.’
Following their original remarks, in which they said they ‘oppose gay adoptions because ‘the only family is the traditional one’ and that ‘life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed,’ Elton took to Instagram to slam the pair.
He wrote: ‘How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic.’ And 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 fulfill 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 (sic).’
Ricky Martin, who become a father via gestational surrogacy in August 2008 to Matteo and Valentino, also took to his Twitter account to ask duo to ‘wake up’ and stop spreading so much hate in this day and age, while Sharon Stone urged people to use the comments as a way of asking how they can do more for children in need.
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