Emeli Sandé has revealed the identity of her partner after announcing that she had entered a same sex relationship with ‘a female pianist’ following her divorce.
The singer, 35, shared a pair of loved-up snaps with Yoana Karemova, which saw her beam from ear-to-ear and stare adoringly at the musician.
In her caption, she confessed her ‘soul mate’ had given her me ‘the strength she needed’ and feels ‘like a huge weight has been lifted’ after opening up to her fans.
‘I’ve found my soul mate!’ Emeli Sandé has shared snaps with her partner Yoana Karemova after announcing her same-sex relationship with a ‘female pianist’ eight years after her divorce
She penned: ‘It’s taken me many years to find the strength to be myself. I’ve struggled for a long time to accept myself as I am.
‘I’m so lucky to have found my soul mate Yoana, she’s such an extraordinary woman! Falling in love with her gave me the strength I needed!
‘Feels so good to be in love and I feel happier than ever. I’m deeply touched by all your messages of love and support. Thank you so much for your acceptance and kind wishes.
‘Feels like a huge weight has been lifted, here’s to a new beginning in truth and happiness! .’
Couple: Emeli, 35, stared adoringly at the musician, who wrapped her arms around the singer’s shoulders in one image she shared on Instagram Stories
Opening up: In her caption, she confessed her ‘soul mate’ had given her me ‘the strength she needed’ and feels ‘like a huge weight has been lifted’ after opening up to her fans
She recently told Metro: ‘We met through music. And I definitely feel happier than ever. It feels great.’
The Read All About It hitmaker confirmed her divorce from marine biologist Adam Gouraguine, who she dated for more than a decade before exchanging vows, in 2014 after just two years of marriage.
Of her new relationship, she added: ‘For me, true love and having love in your life makes everything fit into place.
‘If you don’t really have someone to share it with or someone supporting you behind the scenes, it’s very difficult. So now I feel very fulfilled.
Congratulations! She recently revealed: ‘We met through music. And I definitely feel happier than ever. It feels great’ (pictured in January 2022)
‘I’ll always love music and I love my career but now it just feels that despite what happens, I can just enjoy life and be really happy.’
The singer’s revelation comes after she unveiled the video for new track There Isn’t Much on streaming platform YouTube.
The promo features a troupe of female dancers drafted in from the gay community, but Sandé admits she’s uncertain when it comes to putting a label on her own sexuality.
‘I’m not sure what I identify as but I guess so,’ she said when asked if she considers herself to be gay. ‘I just feel like I should fall in love with whoever I fall in love with.’
Old times: Emeli confirmed her divorce from marine biologist Adam Gouraguine, who she met while studying at the University of Glasgow, in 2014 after just two years of marriage (pictured in 2012)
The singer previously claimed she came close to suffering a ‘breakdown’ after splitting from her childhood sweetheart Adam Gouraguine – who she dated for 10 years – and admitted she was still coming to terms with losing her ‘best friend’.
Emeli – who married Adam in his home nation Montenegro in September 2012 – told The Times in 2014: ‘Everyone thought I’d gone mad. ‘What do you mean a divorce? We were all at your wedding a few months ago!’
‘But there was just something inside me that said, ‘This isn’t the life. You’re pretending to be someone else.’
She added: ‘I don’t want to call it a breakdown, but it felt like that.’
The singer was believed to have taken Adam’s surname to make her own double-barreled, although remained as Emeli Sandé for her pop career.
Speaking about her Montenegro-born husband in 2013, she said: ‘I would also love to have a Montenegrin passport. I want to be part of his tradition. I grew up in a family of two different cultural backgrounds, so I embraced both.
‘One day when we have kids, I’d like them to be the part of these two different cultures.’
Moving on: The Scottish singer with her girlfriend, a classical pianist whose name has not been disclosed, while studying classical music (pictured in 2013)