Michael Schumacher injured in a skiing accident in the Alps
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Michael Schumacher is back in the news this week after ex-Forumla 1 boss Eddie Jordan provided a rare update on the racing legend following his skiing accident in 2013. The Irishman also spoke out about his wife, Corinna, claiming she has been living “like a prisoner” these past 10 years while trying to keep her husband’s health a secret from the public. Here we look at Corinna’s long-term plans for her family and what she’s most recently said about the seven-time F1 champion.
Corinna has cared for her husband since his horrifying crash nearly 10 years ago and has imposed a “family only” rule to ensure no one aside from those closest to him – with the exception of ex-Ferrari boss Jean Todt – can visit.
Jordan is a very close family friend, and even gave Schumacher his F1 debut with the Irish Jordan-Ford team back in 1991, but has not been granted access to visit the German.
He remains in touch with Corinna, though, and recently praised her for the courage she’s shown in protecting her husband over the past decade while admitting it has been incredibly taxing on the devoted 54-year-old.
“This was the most horrific situation for Mick and Corinna,” Jordan told The Sun. “It’s been nearly ten years now and Corinna has not been able to go to a party, to lunch or this or that, she’s like a prisoner because everyone would want to talk to her about Michael when she doesn’t need reminding of it every minute.”
This is not the first time Jordan has spoken out on Corinna or Schumacher as in 2021 he gave a rare interview for a Netflix documentary on the German, where he provided some information on his condition.
“Privacy is such a vital aspect to sport, business and your personal life,” Jordan explained in the documentary. “[Corinna] has set out some rules, I know her very well and a long time before Michael Schumacher.
“She’s a lovely girl and I knew her when she married Michael so there is a long history of good relations. I made an effort to go see Michael in the early days and Corinna refused, and rightfully so because too many people wanted to go see him.
“Jean Todt was given the privilege to go see him because of how close they were from their time together at Ferrari which is completely understandable. I was not able to go see Michael and they said ‘We love you Eddie and we’ve been involved with you for a very long time, but we do need privacy and safeguard of Michael.'”
Despite the secrecy surrounding Schumacher’s condition, Corinna has provided updates and did so quite recently in July 2022 when accepting the State Prize of North-Rhine-Westphalia on behalf of her husband, admitting he is “different” now.
“I miss Michael every day,” she said. “But it’s not just me who misses him. It’s the children, the family, his father, everyone around him. I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he’s here and that gives us strength, I find.
“We try to carry on a family as Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives. ‘Private is private’, as he always said. It is 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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Corinna is said to have converted their family home in Lake Geneva into a state-of-the-art hospital to ensure her husband receives around-the-clock care. She has also allegedly done similar to their winter home in Majorca.
According to a report in German magazine Die Bunte from August last year, Corinna is said to have ‘big plans’ for the family’s future and eventually intends to move to a new £27million home in Spain.
The family are reportedly planning to settle down in Majorca permanently, with Corinna having already purchased a property named Villa Yasmin in the resort of Port Andratx, a harbour town surrounded by the Balearic mountains.
The house will be kitted out to accommodate Schumacher’s medical needs and the 54-year-old has plans to set up a ranch nearby for her and their daughter Gina-Maria, as they are both equestrians by trade.
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