Wife's shocking reveal in first interview about Michael Schumacher

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Michael Schumacher, pictured here wife Corrina at the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in 2004.
Michael Schumacher with wife Corrina at the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in 2004. (Photo by Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher's wife has revealed the devastating conversation she had with her husband before their fateful trip to the Swiss Alps where he suffered his accident.

Formula One legend Schumacher suffered massive head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013, but information about his condition has been a closely-guarded secret in the years since.

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Schumacher's family has been notoriously private about his health, with updates about the stricken legend few and far between in the eight years since his accident.

But in a new Netflix documentary about Schumacher's life, wife Corrina speaks publicly about her husband's accident for the first time.

In 'SCHUMACHER', Corrina reveals the family nearly didn't make the fateful trip to the Swiss Alps, with Michael suggesting they go to Dubai instead.

“Shortly before it happened in Meribel he said to me, ‘The snow isn’t optimal. We could fly to Dubai and go skydiving there’,” Corinna reveals.

“I have never blamed God for what happened. It was just really bad luck, all the bad luck anyone can have in life.

“It’s always terrible when you say, ‘Why is this happening to Michael or us?’ But then why does it happen to other people?

“Of course, I miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses him. The children, the family, his father, everyone around him. I mean, everybody misses Michael.”

Michael and Corrina Schumacher, pictured here in Italy in 2005.
Michael and Corrina Schumacher in Italy in 2005. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Wife reveals Michael Schumacher is 'different'

Corrina also opens up about her husband's current condition, saying he is "different".

“Michael is here. Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I find,” Corinna 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.

“‘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.

“Michael always protected us and now we are protecting Michael.”

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Son Mick, who has followed in his father's footsteps and drives for Haas in Formula One, also opens up in the documentary.

“Since the accident, of course, these experiences, these moments that I believe many people have with their parents, are no longer present, or to a lesser extent. And in my view, that is a little unfair,” Mick says.

“I think dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now. 

"Simply because we speak a similar language, the language of motorsport. And that we would have much more to talk about.

“That’s where my head is most of the time. Thinking that would be so cool. That would be it. I would give up everything just for that.”

'SCHUMACHER' is set to be released on Netflix on September 15.

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