The show's bosses have now been forced to deny leaving Meri Sopanen out of Saara's pre-performance VTs...
The X Factor bosses have denied ‘hiding’ finalist Saara Aalto’s fiancée.
The Finnish singer, 29, recently became engaged to girlfriend Meri Sopanen – but we never actually seem to see them together on screen. Hmm.
Recent pre-performance VTs have shown Saara and a pal – who she described as a ‘soul sister’ – head to a ski lodge for a pampering session.
She also visited London’s Finnish embassy to meet Santa Claus. However, Meri didn’t accompany her.
Fans are getting pretty confused by Meri’s apparent absence, with Tweets including: ‘Why hasn’t @saaraaalto girlfriend made an appearance in her VTs yet?#saaraaalto #SaaraToWin #XFactorLiveShows,’ and: ‘Why do they never show Saara with her girlfriend? Do they want to hide that side of her? 😠#Xfactor.’
Now the show has been forced to hit back, with an insider telling The Sun: ‘Saara is totally comfortable with her sexuality and has been very open about it in interviews and on social media but it isn’t a defining factor for her in The X Factor.
‘As with any other contestant, Saara’s sexuality isn’t relevant to her performances which are the main focus in the show.’
Meri is often seen cheering on her lady in the audience, and the couple often post about each other on their social media accounts.
Just last week, Meri shared a snap of herself and Saara posing with her mentor Sharon Osbourne.
Saara and Meri got together two years ago, with Saara recently explaining: ‘I was in The Voice Of Finland in 2012 and 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.”
‘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.’
Aw. Congratulations, girls!