On Saturday, John posted a photo on Instagram calling for the boycott, 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"
"It was never our intention to judge other people's choices," Gabbana said in the statement. "We do believe in freedom and love."
According to the designers, they were just expressing their view of a family unit based on being raised in a traditional Sicilian household, which Dolce says is "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," Dolce added in the statement.