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Elton John Slams Dolce & Gabbana for Calling IVF Babies Like His, ‘Chemical’ and ‘Synthetic’



#BoycottDolceGabbana is trending and here’s why!

Elton John is making the headlines for urging his fans to boycott fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana.


Because Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana co-founders of the brand, called children conceived by IVF – in-vitro fertilisation, ‘chemical’ and ‘synthetic’ in an interview with an Italian magazine, Panorama.

“We oppose gay adoptions,” said the pair, “The only family is the traditional one.

“No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”

D&G seems to be a proponent of ‘traditional’ families, despite the two co-founders being gay. The pair – Dolce and Gabbana, were also a couple for 23 years, until 2005.

In line with their views, the theme of their latest fashion show was motherhood, where models walked the runway pregnant and with kids. Click here if you missed it!

The interview caused a lot of outrage and calls for boycotts from gay rights activists. Elton added his voice to the cause, and took it personally, as him and his husband David Furnish have two children via IVF.23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party - Inside

Elton addressed the pair on his Instagram page,

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

Elton John slams D&G

The design duo have now responded to Elton, with Dolce saying although his family is traditional, he understands ‘different ones’

Dolce added, “I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”

Gabbana 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.”

After the measured response, Gabbana seems to have more thoughts on the issue, saying that because he has different views, it doesn’t mean he is intolerant of others.Stefano Gabbana

Photo Credit: | Getty Images/Michael Kovac


  1. Ato

    March 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Elton John, abeg cool down for Jesus….

  2. Que

    March 16, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Stefano’s ‘fascist’ comment./response-..classic italian…no time for timidity! Lolll….Elton is forever a drama queen #nosurprise! That said I will always thank God for IVF and the multitude it has helped achieve parent status… we cant throw out baby and bath water on that one!

  3. edie

    March 16, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    the kids got fathers, through IVF do tell where are the mothers or egg donors or don’t they count in our modern world..hmmm gay people 🙂

  4. TA

    March 16, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Lol ! @ the fascist comment/classic Italian response. You got that right Que!

  5. fleur

    March 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Finally a gay couple is speaking the truth. It’s a bit selfish to subject children to explaining to their peers when they start taking sex ed in school how they were conceived. It’s happening now with the increasing number of children being adopted by Gay couples. Leaves the children defending their existence and its a bit difficult for them.

    • Author Unknown

      March 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      A gay couple expressing their opinion fleur. Their opinion just happens to align with yours, which doesn’t necessarily make it the truth. It just shows you that people are people and will have different opinions regardless whether or not they share the same sexual orientation. Most adoptions and IVF are by straight couples, so I fail to understand your point. Do the same judgement standards still apply? Are you saying that because it’s easier for a straight couple to cover up the fact that they adopted, then they should go ahead with a life of deceit? That in itself is wrong, but that’s just my opinion. Children belong in homes where they can be provided love.

    • nadz

      March 17, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      the point is deliberately depriving a child of it’s mother. That is the point.

  6. BlueEyed

    March 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Now IVF or scientific fertility was not designed for gay individuals and I believe more straight people have benefitted from science. So Just like Dolce and Stefano, a lot of people need to educate themselves.

  7. SimeonScript

    March 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    i agree with the gay part of not adopting children so as not to raise them under wrong influence but disagree with the IVF part. IVF would help straight people conceive.

  8. Someone Naughty

    March 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    You may call Elton John a diva but he is right. Some of you are focusing on the fact that he is a gay parent. There are mothers that have also struggled to conceive naturally and have had to use IVF which doesn’t have a 100% success guaranteed. If you know the pain and struggle these women go through, you would understand why Elton John finds this painful and offensive,

  9. Yamaha

    March 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Did Domenico or Stephano say it was designed for gay people???!!!?! There’s no were in any statement made by the two that indicates IVF is for gay people, Yamaha thinks they spoke the truth regardless of the hate and backlash. They damned political correctness and spoke their mind! They believe in the natural flow of life and not renting uterus. That statement applies to both gay and straight. The only gay specific part of their comment was their views on traditional families. IVF is s scientific process. Yamaha is of the school of thought that IVF children and naturally conceived kids are all the same. But Yamaha gets the sense in their comment, which is, “life shouldn’t be forced.” It’s a natural process that they are not willing to compromise for self fulfilment and satisfaction.

    • Blah blah

      March 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Perhaps Yamaha could write his/her opinion without using 3rd person?

  10. C'est moi

    March 16, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    D&G are not against IVF for traditional families with a mother & father. They oppose it for gay couples. They believe every child should have a mother/father not 2daddies or mummies.

    “You are born and you have a father and mother. ‘At least it should be like that. That’s why I’m not convinced by what I call chemical children, synthetic babies. ‘They are wombs for hire, semen chosen from a catalogue. And then you have to explain to these children who their mother is.’
    Asked whether he wanted to be a father, Mr Dolce said: ‘I am gay. I cannot have a child. I don’t believe that you can have everything in life.’
    And whilst I somewhat agree with. In the case of adopted kids, I’d rather see these kids homed with a loving gay couple than remain in orphanages.

  11. prince

    March 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I think everything still boils down to choice. Elton and his partners aren’t going to force their sexuality on the children. being gay is not a choice. And for the IVF it’s been helpful and should continue (it has come to stay)

  12. chi-e-z

    March 16, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Honestly some people need to learn the phrase …No Comment. D&G offended alot of people with this one the children, parents, doctors… not a good move.

    • chi-e-z

      March 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      never call a child synthetic or mistake …

  13. Tatler

    March 16, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    People aren’t reading what dg said, as usual steeple jumping on the bang wagon to condemn based on click bait alone. They’re talking plenty sense.

    • Tatler

      March 16, 2015 at 3:23 pm


    • Yamaha

      March 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you!!!!! Yamaha is officially in love with you! Yamaha never thought she would do this in my life but she just has to. Please whoever you’re, would you marry Yamaha ? Whether male or female. If you’re male Yamaha will pay your groom price. If you’re female we would escape and run to the islands somewhere far, far away, where homophobes can’t reach us. Yamaha loves you. Say yes, yes, say yes!

  14. Oluwaseun

    March 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    D&G… A disgrace to every gay persons out there. #BoyCottDolceGabbana

  15. holuwarseun

    March 16, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    BoyCot D&G

  16. mabel

    March 16, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Boycot ko Boycot ni. With all that is happening around na not to buy D&G products na e person go de think about. Yeye de smell.

    • chichi

      March 17, 2015 at 2:12 am

      LMAO….Mabel has killed me ooo….Tell them why you mad hunny…hahaha

  17. Baba

    March 17, 2015 at 1:49 am

    How are we going to boycott the 1000s of imitation D&G clothing in Nigeria!!!!

  18. Person

    March 17, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Abegi. Not everyday boycott, someday, wear D&G Light Blue because it makes you feel sexy!

  19. Mosquito

    March 17, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Hmmm! Elton John and partner has two boys. My daughters friend has gay parents. At school they make fun of her that she is so depressed and lonely. No one want to be her friend or let her come over for a sleep over. I feel so sorry for those little boys. They’re gonna get it hard when the start to understand what their parents are into.

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