Fashion designers had dubbed those born via IVF 'synthetic children'

Victoria Beckham has taken to Twitter to post her support for Elton John and David Furnish after fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana dubbed gay adoption as “unnatural” and called those born through IVF “synthetic children”.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are both gay and were previously a couple, made the comments in an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama, which was published last weekend.

“I am not convinced by those I call children of chemicals, synthetic children,” said Dolce. “Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalogue… psychiatrists are not ready to confront the effects of this experimentation.”

Gabbana added: “The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”

As reported by The Guardian, John – whose two sons, Zachary and Elijah, were conceived via IVF treatment – responded to the pair via 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.

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

Beckham has now backed John in the row. “Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies,” she tweeted.

Courtney Love and Ricky Martin are among the other musicians to also take to the social network to post their support.