Madonna backs Elton John in Dolce & Gabbana IVF row

Madge says that 'God has his hand in everything – even technology'

Madonna has spoken out in defence of Elton John following the singer’s public row with fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana in response to comments they made about families who have babies born through IVF treatment.

Speaking to Italian magazine Panorama, Gabbana was originally 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.”

Now Madonna, a former Dolce & Gabbana model herself, has backed John in the dispute.

“All babies contain a soul however they come to this earth and their families,” she wrote on Facebook. “There is nothing synthetic about a soul!! So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy? Every soul comes to us to teach us a lesson. God has his hand in everything even technology! We are arrogant to think Man does anything on his own. As above so below! Think before you speak.”

Victoria Beckham has also offered her support to Elton John via Twitter.

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.”