The Italian fashion designers who ignited an international firestorm last week when they made comments critical of so-called nontraditional families, specifically children born through in vitro fertilization or egg donation, are now trying to smooth things over in the English-speaking press.
But it remains to be seen how critics will respond to a new interview with CNN where Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana claimed "we love everything" and that their antifamily comments were just a "private point of view."
"We love gay couple. We are gay," Gabbana told CNN. "We love gay couple. We love gay adoption. We love everything. It's just an express of my private point of view."
The onetime romantic and current business partners have already publicly defended their comments as "our way of seeing reality."
Although CNN called the statements "a stark about-face," neither designer apologized for the initial comments, nor for the escalation of the confrontation after Elton John criticized the pair and called for a boycott of their company.
When John, a gay father raising two children conceived through IVF with his husband, David Furnish, angrily tweeted "how dare you call my beautiful children 'synthetic,'" Gabbana responded with more than 50 posts on Instagram calling John a "fascist," and claiming other detractors were "racist dictators."
But in the CNN interview, Dolce contends the pair have nothing against Elton John and are not boycotting his music.
"I love the music of Elton John," Dolce said.
But the gay designers were much less understanding toward the growing call on social media to boycott their brand — picked up by numerous gay celebrity parents after John included #BoycottDolceGabbana to his own tweets.
While Gabbana admitted to CNN that the pair "could have expressed themselves better" to Italian-language magazine Panorama, which last week published the controversial comments, he was apparently surprised by the force of the media blacklash.
'"Boycott Dolce & Gabbana for what?" asked Gabbana. "They don't think like you? This is correct? This is not correct. We are in 2015. This is like medieval. It's not correct."