X Factor's Saara Aalto met fiancee (and manager!) Meri Sopanen via Facebook fan mail!

Published Wednesday, Oct 5 2016, 16:05 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor finalist Saara Aalto has revealed her fiancee, Meri Sopanen, was a fan who initially messaged her via Facebook with praise.

The Finnish singer told The Sun that she'd been a contestant on The Voice Of Finland four years ago (where she finished in second place) when Meri sent her fan mail via Facebook.

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Saara Aalto

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Saara is ready for live shows!

"My girlfriend — fiancée now — watched the show, liked me a lot and sent me a fan message through Facebook. She wrote, 'I have never, ever sent a message like this to anybody, but I just had this intuition that I have to send this to you,'" recalled Saara.

"I was like, 'That's so cute', and thought, 'What a nice-looking girl.' Then, after a year, she actually came to my concert and we met. We started talking and realised we just shared the same view of life and everything."

Saara Aalto and fiancee Meri Sophanen in Camden, London
October 2016

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With Meri in London.

Saara explained that she'd been in a relationship with a man since she was 15 years old, singer Teemu Roivainen, but after meeting Meri realised she would prefer to be with a woman.

Saying that she still loves Teemu, Saara added: "You grow, you get older and I realised that I would prefer being with a girl. Me and Teemu still love each other like a brother and sister."

Saara Alto performs for the judges at bootcamp on 'The X Factor'. Broadcast onITV1HD


Saara was a wildcard pick for Judges' Houses.

Saara and Meri got engaged over the summer. She told Heat magazine this week: "She's my manager as well so we moved to London together. We just got engaged a month ago. It's been crazy.

"We had our two year anniversary and went for dinner and everything. I was getting ready for bed and had no makeup on and she just did it suddenly - I had no idea! It was very emotional."

Saara is one of Sharon Osbourne's finalists in the Over 25s category, alongside Relley C and Honey G. She was actually a wildcard pick for Judges' Houses after initially not being chosen by Sharon, but impressed Sharon and guest judge Robbie Williams to get through to live shows.

All the X Factor finalists will take to the stage this weekend for the first live show, which airs Saturday at 8pm on ITV.