Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé has announced her engagement to classical pianist Yoana Karemova. In an Instagram post, Sandé showed off her ring beneath her own infectiously blissful smile. “I said yes!” she gushed in the caption.
Karemova also shared the news on her account along with a photo of a celebratory cake. “I would just like to say that we will be together forever,” she said. “So happy you answered YES. Thank you all for the love and support from her, really appreciated.”
The two met just after the lockdown, when Sandé needed the help of a pianist to record her 2022 album. Let’s say for example. He connected with Karemova, who had just released her album. Waves. At the time, Sandé wasn’t out, but earlier this year, he revealed to Meter who had fallen in love with a woman.
“We met through music and I definitely feel happier than ever,” he said. “It feels great. For me, true love and having love in your life makes everything fall into place.”
When asked what this means for her sexuality, she replied classily, “I’m not sure how I identify, but I guess so. I feel like I should fall in love with whoever I fall in love with.”
Long before she came out, Sandé was a queer icon. His hit single “Heaven” has been a regular feature in UK gay clubs since his debut in 2011, when he launched his career. The song “There Is n’t Much” from his latest album also alludes to attempts to classify his sexuality. “They’re trying to set me up with Mike or John / But I’d rather be old,” she sings.
– Emeli Sandé (@emelisandé) April 2, 2022
Not long after his interview with Meter, Sandé took to Twitter to share her boyfriend’s identity in a heartfelt dedication. “It took me years to find the strength I need to be myself,” she wrote. “I am so lucky to have found my soulmate Yoana, she is such an extraordinary woman! Falling in love with her has given me the strength I needed!
“It feels so good to be in love and I feel happier than ever. …A great weight has been lifted, let us toast to a new beginning in truth and happiness!”