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Michael Schumacher's wife has revealed her reasons for being so private about her husband's condition after years of mystery surrounding the stricken F1 legend.
Details about Schumacher's health and current condition are still very murky some eight years after his devastating skiing accident in 2013.
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The Ferrari legend's family has been notoriously private when it comes to providing information to the public, and Corrina Schumacher has now revealed why.
Speaking publicly for the first time in a new Netflix documentary about Schumacher's life and accident, wife Corrina says her husband would have wanted it this way.
"'Private is private’, as he always said. It’s very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible,” Corinna says.
“Michael always protected us and now we are protecting Michael.
“What he really didn’t like was the press, the people, all the hype around him. That’s not what he wanted. He wanted to do the sport.
“Michael is very suspicious. He always has been, during the initial period. Until he thinks he knows someone or can trust them, then he opens up completely.”
Schumacher's former manager Willi Webber has previously expressed his disappointment at not being able to visit him or find out what is going on.
“I know that Michael has been hit hard, but unfortunately I do not know what progress he makes,” Weber said.
“I’d like to know how he’s doing and shake hands or stroke his face. But unfortunately, this is rejected by Corinna.
“She’s probably afraid that I’ll see right away what’s going on and make the truth public.”
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“The family has decided to deal with it in a way Michael dealt with all private topics," she says.
"When he was racing, he was a public person and that was part of his job. But when he came home, he pulled up the drawbridge, as he called it, because he needed this space for himself.
“He was in the world championship fight for so long, this is so tiring, and so he needed his home and family life as a refuge.
"Otherwise he wouldn’t have had the energy for the fight. This he sensed relatively early and he did it like that all those years.
“This again is the reason why his family has been doing it like this all those years now. And I think the film has found a good way to confront this topic despite this attitude.”
While Corrina remains tight-lipped about her husband's health, she did reveal that he is very "different".
“Michael is here. Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I find,” she says.
“We’re together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he’s comfortable. And to simply make him feel our family, our bond.
“And no matter what, I will do everything I can. We all will.
"We’re trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives."
'SCHUMACHER' is set to be released on Netflix on September 15.
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