Designer Stefano Gabbana, one-half of Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, does not want to be labeled gay.
In an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Gabbana revealed he’s over the term.
“I don’t want to be called gay, because I am simply a man full stop, Gabbana says. “The word ‘gay’ was invented by those who need to label people, and I don’t want to be identified by my sexual choices.”
He went on to say that he considers being human to come before a sexuality label.
“I thought that I could help spread a new culture as a famous person, a culture no longer based on gay rights but on human rights,” Gabbana says. “We are human beings before being gay, heterosexual, or bisexual.”
“I had known for a while, but I didn’t have the courage to admit it. Only through therapy did I realize that there had been clear signs in my childhood. I wanted to play alone because I felt different from the other children and I feared that if we were together they would realize. And they would tell my mother,” Gabbana says.
Dolce and Gabbana have made controversial statements regarding the LGBT community in the past. In 2015, they called children of in vitro fertilization “children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalog.”
After Elton John and Ryan Murphy threatened to boycott the label, they apologized for their remark.
“I am so sorry. It was not my intention to offend anyone,” Dolce told Vogue. “I’ve done some soul-searching. I’ve talked to Stefano a lot about this. I’ve realized that my words were inappropriate, and I apologize. They are just kids.”
The fashion designers also came under fire for their decision to dress First Lady Melania Trump.