Sir Elton John spotted with Dolce & Gabbana bag after calling for boycott

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Sir Elton John has been spotted carrying a Dolce & Gabbana bag – just days after he pledged to  “never” wear the brand “ever again”.

Legendary fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana – who are gay themselves – whipped up a storm earlier this week when they lashed out at same-sex adoption, IVF and surrogacy.

Sir Elton – who has sons Zachary and Elijah with his husband David Furnish – sparked calls for a boycott of the brand, slamming the pair’s “archaic thinking”.

However, the singer was snapped on Monday clutching a bag from the fashion chain, after his post about the pair – leading Stefano Gabbana to post the picture mocking the singer.

Ma tu Guarda!!??? Sir Elton con Dolce & Gabbana a Los Angeles!!! Coerente!!! 30 minuti fa!! 30 minutes ago

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A spokesman for the star insisted that the bag was carrying his lunch – and did not reflect on the boycott.

The rep said: “Elton was carrying a white Dolce & Gabbana bag and it had his lunch in.

“We thought they had been photoshopped, but that’s not correct.

“He was carrying the bag but he hadn’t been shopping. And it should not detract from their original message or the boycott.”

Calls by Sir Elton John for a boycott of Dolce and Gabbana have quickly gathered pace, with support from celebrities including Matt Lucas, Sharon Stone and Courtney Love.

Victoria Beckham, a close friend of Sir Elton John and David Furnish, also tweeted her “love” for IVF babies.

But a few celebrities, most notably former Mirror editor Piers Morgan and ex-Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins have criticised the boycott, describing it as “bullying” and threatening freedom of expression.

Dolce and Gabbana have defended their comments – with Domenico Dolce insisting that he does not judge those for starting a family in a “non-traditional way”.

In 2006, Stefano Gabbana told Vanity Fair that he had asked a female friend to carry his child via artificial insemination.