Emeli Sande, who came out as being in a same-sex relationship six months ago, recently announced her engagement to her girlfriend Yoana Karemova.
The 35-year-old “My Kind of Love” singer announced the news on Instagram, posting a picture of herself beaming as she displayed her ruby and diamond engagement ring.
Sande wrote “I said yes!” with a red heart emoji in the description.
She shared three photos of the ring and one of herself and Karemova walking on her Instagram Story with the captions “Fiance, fiancé.”
Sande’s friends and followers showered her with well-wishes and congratulations on the news.
Several celebrities, including TV host Zoe Ball, singer Nadia Rose, and actress Claire Sweeney, expressed their happiness for the pair by sending them messages of congratulations and red heart emojis.
In April, Sande said that she was in a same-sex relationship, albeit she was unsure of her sexual orientation.
“I simply feel like I should fall in love with anyone I fall in love with,” she said to Metro.
After the interview, she shared a selfie with Karemova on Instagram and commented, “It’s taken me many years to gain the strength to be myself.” For a very long time, it was really difficult for me to accept who I am.
I feel blessed to have found my match in Yoana; she’s a remarkable lady. The realisation that I loved her was the catalyst that propelled me forward. To be in love is to feel more joy than I have ever known.
Sande’s ex-husband is marine biologist Adam Gouraguine, whom she dated for over a decade before marrying in 2012.
Two years later, the couple made the decision to split public. After the divorce was finalised, Sande told The Times that she felt like she had “pretended to be someone else” during her marriage.
“Everyone thought I’d gone insane,” she told the newspaper. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that this wasn’t the life for me. You’re putting on an act, man. I don’t want to use the word breakdown, but that’s what it felt like.