Bad news, guys... violin beauty Nicola's added a beau to her strings

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IT is the news that will break countless male hearts: Nicola Benedetti has found love.

Scotland's most famous classical musician has admitted in an exclusive interview with Scotland on Sunday that she is "not entirely single."

The glamorous 20-year-old has said in the past that she was simply too busy for any romance - she practises her violin for six hours a day - and speculated that boys might be intimidated by her fame and talent.

However, that has changed and she has confessed to having someone in her life, although she has not said publicly who she is seeing.

She described herself as "not entirely single" and described the person in her life as "a soulmate."

Benedetti, who comes from West Kilbride in Ayrshire, added: "It's very low-key. Let's just say I'm very happy."

Previously, the musician said that the pace of music practice and performance meant that she had no time for romance.

In a previous interview she said: "I have no boyfriend at the moment because I'm kind of too busy. I do see nice people about and I've got plenty of male friends but a boyfriend is not what's really important to me at the moment. My priorities are different. I really think it's important to keep my life focused just now."

She later added: "I haven't got a boyfriend and I think guys are a bit scared of me. I don't know what it is but they seem to be a bit intimidated of me - even in America."

Benedetti, who recently returned to the UK after a tour of the United States, added that one of her most personally significant recent performances was at Ayr Town Hall, which she had not been at since she was a nine-year-old schoolgirl at a prize-giving.

She said: "So many friends. It was a night I'll never forget."

Benedetti has played the violin since she was four, first performing in public in 1998, after beginning studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School for young musicians in Surrey. In 2000, she performed with the Royal Scottish National Opera and Scottish Opera and by the end of 2001 she had played twice in front of Prince Edward.

She hit the headlines in 2004 when, at the age of 16, she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

By the end of the year, she had performed at the royal opening of the new Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood and had signed a 1m, six-album, recording contract.

In 2006, she became an ambassador for UN children's body, Unicef.