On stage she’s a fearless Finnish singer with a legion of fans the world over. But Finland’s Eurovision 2018 star Saara Aalto has revealed that behind the scenes she too struggles with monsters of her own.
In an interview with UK tabloid The Sun, the “Monsters” hitmaker said that she’s staring anxiety and depression in the face.
“It’s been a very long and very tough journey for me,” Saara says. “I came second on The Voice of Finland, my career exploded and I had 300 gigs a year. But labels in Finland wouldn’t help my international career.”
“The labels said, ‘If you’re in Finland, you just have to sing in Finnish.’ I was lonely, doing gigs all the time, and would go on stage crying. But I’d still try to sing.”
She still battles anxiety and depression today. That led her to cancel her scheduled appearance at Israel Calling this weekend in Tel Aviv.
“This is the first time ever in my life that I’ve actually cancelled some things,” she says. Some artists would be overcome by their monsters, but Saara Aalto tackles them head on.
Our girl has hired a life coach, who’s providing much needed mental support, and is putting Saara in the mindset to turn things out on stage in Lisbon.
She also struck an upbeat tone in an interview with wiwibloggs ahead of a killer performance at the London Eurovision Party.
“I came from a town of 9,000 people and thought I’d never find people like me. But that’s not the truth. There are billions of people around the world and you can find your people.”
“I am trying to stay away from social media, but it is great to know that people support me. When you concentrate on a big thing like Eurovision, you easily start to read everything and compare. I want to have my own bubble and concentrate on Eurovision, so that I can enjoy it even more.”
Saara Aalto we salute your brave example and applaud your perseverance. Now go forth and slay like the queen you are!