(EDGE) Fashion designer Stefano Gabbana, cofounder of the iconic fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, revealed that he doesn't want to be labeled as gay.
"I don't want to be called gay, because I'm simply a man...full stop," he reportedly said. According to the AFP he added: "The word 'gay' was invented by those who need to label people. I don't want to be identified by my sexual choices."
In the interview, Gabbana, 55, goes into detail about his sexuality, saying he was first attracted to men when he was 18 when he and an ex-girlfriend went dancing and he "was watching the men more than her."
"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," he said, This text will be the linkaccording to AFP. "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."
This isn't the first time the designer said he doesn't want to be called gay, citing the reason because he's "a man." In January, Gabbana took to Instagram after posting a pic of first lady Melania Trump wearing the Italian fashion house's clothes. A number of Instagram users took issue with Gabbana dressing Trump, and he fired back by writing, "Ignorant critics...Don't call me gay please!! Im [sic] a man!!! Who i love its [sic] my private life!!!!"
Dolce & Gabbana's views on the LGBTQ community have caused a stir in recent years. Back in 2015, both Gabbana and Domenico Dolce made headlines after criticizing same-sex families who use in vitro fertilization. The designers referred to babies born via in vitro are "children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalog.
After a backlash, which included a call for a boycott from major celebrities like Elton John, Dolce and Gabbana apologized and backtracked on their initial statements.
"We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it," Gabbana said. "We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love."