X Factor's Saara Aalto opens up about her sexuality after getting engaged

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X Factor's Saara Aalto has spoken about coming out after getting engaged.

The Finnish star revealed earlier this week she and her girlfriend were now set to tie the knot.

Saara told The Sun newspaper how she had met her partner while appearing on The Voice of Finland in 2012, and left her then boyfriend for her.

"The wedding plans are on hold until after The X Factor, but she is over here at the moment to support me," Saara said this week. "She works as my manager in Finland. Well, assistant, manager, driver, stylist, promoter – she does everything for me, she is amazing.

Saara Aalto X Factor
Saara Aalto

"We met when I was on The Voice Of Finland and she was watching the show. She felt some kind of connection, so sent me a message through Facebook. We were friends at first but have been a couple for two years."

And Saara teased: "It’s funny because my girlfriend has a really big crush on Nicole Scherzinger and had her picture on her mobile phone when we met, but now I have a crush on Nicole too!"

Speaking to The Sun, Saara said that coming out to the public was a big step, especially in her native country.

She told the tabloid: "My family were very supportive but it was a very big thing for me to come out publicly because I was already known in Finland and I used to have a boyfriend, who was my producer.

"Nobody knew that I would be with a girl, but I don’t put labels on my sexuality.

Saara Alto
Saara Alto

"On my 28th birthday, I couldn’t keep it a secret any more, so I posted a picture of us together.

"We actually don’t have any female couples in the spotlight in Finland, so the whole country just went crazy!"

Saara will be singing in The X Factor 2016 live shows tonight from 8PM on ITV.

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