X Factor's Saara Alto opens about her sexuality: 'Gender doesn’t matter for me'

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X Factor's Sara Aalto has opened up about her sexuality in a new interview.

The Finnish singer, who finished The X Factor 2016 as runner up earlier this month, appears on the cover of DIVA magazine's upcoming January issue.

Saara made history during her time on the X Factor, not only for her amazing comeback but also as the show's most successful LGBT woman.

“It feels incredible,” Saara tells DIVA (via Pink News). “It’s crazy to think that a girl like me can break records.”

Opening up about her sexuality in the interview, Saara says: “I’ve always known gender doesn’t matter for me.

“But now, being with a woman, it’s hard to imagine going back to men”.

Saara is engaged to fiancee Meri but confessed plans for marriage were on hold for at least a couple of years following The X Factor.

The former Eurovision hopeful has been signed by Sony Music both in the UK and her native Finland with plans for a "global" album next year.

"I’m now working with some of the best songwriters in the world and Sia has written a song that has been given to me," Saara told The Sun newspaper. "Oh my god, it’s just insane.

"I think Sia is a pretty good reference for me because her way of singing and the way she composes the melodies and writes the lyrics is very similar to what I’ve always done.

"I describe my own music as epic love pop. I don’t want to sing about going to a party with friends, I want to sing meaningful songs that can inspire people and I think Sia’s songs are really deep."

Saara added: “I think it hasn’t really sunk in yet, it’s too much, it’s too big.

“I’ll probably understand in January when we are ready to start work on the tracks.”

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