It looks like the Dolce & Gabbana designers are stirring up some major drama and the reason why might shock you. Earlier this year, Dolce & Gabbana were praised when they sent a pregnant model and models with little ones on hand down the runway at their fall 2015 ready-to-wear show. The show was meant to be a heartfelt celebration of the Italian famiglia – a subject Dolce & Gabbana have made familiar in past campaigns – but took a turn for the worst in a recent interview with Italian magazine Panorama.
In the interview, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who were formerly a couple of 23 years before breaking up, go on to endorse traditional families, stating that (in english translation,) “no chemical offsprings and rented uterus: Life has a natural course, there are things that must not be changed,” and “we oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional.” Their statements have not gone unnoticed and have gained traction amongst many celebrities, including Elton John who married his long-term civil partner David Furnish in December and has two sons conceived through vitro fertilization. The singer was not shy to express his opinion on the interview on his Instagram page.
After the singer let his feelings loose, many celebrities have shown their support and have jumped on the #BoycottDolceGabbana band wagon including Ricky Martin (who is father to twin boys born of a surrogate mother), Courtney Love and Victoria Beckham.
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) March 15, 2015
Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies x vb — Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) March 16, 2015
The design duo have since released a statement, claiming “it was never [their] intention to judge other people’s choices. [They] do believe in freedom and love.” Dolce went on to say that during the interview, he was merely expressing his view based on his experience growing up in a traditional Sicilian family “made up of a mother, a father and children,” and that he is “well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one [he’s] known.”