Fashion designers backtracked today on their recent comments in the Italian magazine Panorama, where they were critical of same-sex couples raising children.
The two designers were together romantically for 23 years and broke up in 2005. Their comments included their opinion that children born through IVF are “children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalog.”
“I am gay, I cannot have a child. I guess you cannot have everything in life,” Dolce added. “Life has a natural course, some things cannot be changed. One is the family.”
The comment drew sharp criticism from major celebs around the world including Ricky Martin, Elton John and Martina Navratilova.
On Sunday, Gabbana issued a statement saying “it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.”
Dolce said his comments about family were based on his personal childhood growing up in a traditional Sicilian 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.”
Dolce added that his personal views were not a judgement of “other people’s choices.”