Legendary fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have spoken out against same-sex families – despite being gay themselves.

The duo – who founded the designer fashion house in their own name – were a couple for 23 years, before a much-discussed break-up in 2005.

However, despite their own sexuality, the pair spoke out against ‘non-traditional’ families during an interview with Italy’s Panorama magazine.

The pair said: “We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one.

“No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”

Domenico Dolce added that procreation “must be an act of love”, saying: “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. Uteri [for] rent, semen chosen from a catalog.”

Stefano Gabbana added: “The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”

In an interview with an Italian newspaper in 2006, Gabbana said: “I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents.

“A child needs a mother and a father. I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother.”