Elton John urges fans to boycott Dolce & Gabbana over anti-IVF comments

The fashion designers had labelled IVF babies as 'synthetic children' from 'wombs to rent'

Elton John has criticised fashion designers Stefano Dolce and Domenico Gabbana following controversial statements the pair made about families who have babies born through IVF treatment.

Speaking to Italian magazine Panorama, Gabbana was quoted as referring to IVF children as “synthetic children” and their surrogate mothers as “wombs for rent”.

The designer said: “I’m not convinced by those I call the children of chemicals, synthetic children. Wombs for rent, sperm chosen from a catalogue… psychiatrists are not ready to confront the effects of this experimentation.”

John, who has two children with husband David Furnish born through IVF, responded to the remarks by posting a statement to Instagram in which he called on his fans to boycott the fashion brand. “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’,” John wrote. “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.”

The pop star added: “Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.”

Dolce & Gabbana have since issued a statement of apology, as reported by The Guardian.

On Sunday (March 15), Gabbana wrote: “We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it,” with Dolce adding: “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.”