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Dolce & Gabbana's Domenico Dolce is apologizing for negative comments he and partner Stefano Gabbana made about same-sex parents and babies conceived via in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination, five months after their remarks sparked a backlash and angered celebrities such as Elton John.
The designers, who are gay and were once a couple, had spoken to Italian magazine Panorama in a joint interview published in March.
"I am so sorry," Dolce told Vogue magazine in comments published on Friday. "It was not my intention to offend anyone."
"I've done some soul-searching," he added. "I've talked to Stefano a lot about this. I've realized that my words were inappropriate, and I apologize. They are just kids...You don't need labels, baby labels."
In their interview with Panorama, Dolce had said, "You are born to a mother and a father - or at least that's how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog," while his partner added, "the only family is the traditional one."
Their comments drew anger from many readers. John, who has two sons conceived via IVF with husband David Furnish, called their thinking "archaic" and called for a boycott of the duo's luxury fashion brand. Dolce and Gabbana later issued a statement but stopped short of making an apology, saying they did not mean to judge other people's choices.
"I think everybody chooses for themselves," Dolce told Vogue. "I don't know everything about IVF, but I love it when people are happy. It's like medicine. Science has been put on the table to help people."
Gabbana had told Panorama that he opposes the idea of a child growing up with gay parents and that he and Dolce oppose gay adoptions. Their native Italy is the only major Western European country that does not recognize same-sex marriage or civil partnerships.
Gabbana told Vogue he has pondered becoming a father. Their native Italy is the only major Western European country that does not recognize same-sex marriage or civil partnerships. Gabbana told Vogue that he had pondered adopting a child.
"When they ask if I wanted to be a parent, I say yes, of course, why not? But it's not possible in Italy," Gabbana told Vogue. "I had thought of going to California and having a baby, but I couldn't bring the baby back to Italy, because you need the mother's passport. I asked about adoption in Italy. It's very hard for a straight couple here—imagine if you are gay!"