Joseph Guay/Capitol RecordsElton John is boycotting the Dolce & Gabbana fashion label following controversial comments made by the designers to an Italian magazine, Panorama.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are gay and who were once a couple, reportedly lamented the use of in vitro fertilization and surrogate mothers to create families. Dolce said, “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children.”

Elton, who has two children with husband David Furnish, criticized the designers on Instagram, writing, “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.”

Elton continued, “Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.”

The designers on Sunday released statements in response to the outcry from Elton, Ricky and others, with Dolce saying, “I’m Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional family, made up of a mother, a father and children. I am very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I’ve known. But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family. This is the reality in which I grew up, but it does not imply that I don’t understand different ones. I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”

Gabbana said, “We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it. 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.”

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