Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna quietly passed their 20th wedding anniversary last week. The F1 racing legend is currently facing a long recovery after suffering grievous head injury in a 2013 skiing accident.
Corinna and Michael a Good Match
An alleged friend of the Schumachers told Express.co.uk that the F1 champion was never attracted to women associated with the racing world.
"All the models, the groupies, the...pit-stop girls never meant a thing to Michael," the source said to the British publication after Schumacher's skiing accident.
"They [the Schumachers] truly married their souls as well as their bodies. He doesn't know she's in the room with him in Grenoble but all the time that positive love is flowing into him. No one loves him more than Corinna."
"If he should not come through this, then life as she knows it will also end. She could never love again."
Both Michael and Corinna came from the same part of Germany, and had grown up in a small town setting. The couple first met at a Ferrari party, where they apparently fell for each other.
On their tenth anniversary, Schumacher purchased a ranch in Texas for his wife. Corinna eventually built a multimillion dollar business by raising horses on the property.
According to an article by the UK's Mirror, the couple never had a serious fight. Schumacher explained in a televised interview, "It's because we shared the same values. During all the time I was racing, she was my guardian angel."
Family Maintains Secrecy
As of now, Schumacher's actual health situation is a closely guarded secret by his family and close associates. Michael and Corinna's children Mick, age 16, and Gina Marie, age 18, have generally avoided the spotlight as well.
Corinna has continually protected her husband from public scrutiny - going as far as seeking legal action against three German tabloids. She claimed the publications misrepresented the facts concerning Michael's condition.
In summer 2014, Schumacher's medical records were stolen and put on sale by unknown perpetrators. Investigators arrested a man who worked for the helicopter ambulance company that arranged Schumacher's transfer from France to Switzerland. The suspect was later found hanging in his cell prior to the scheduled court hearing. Circumstances regarding his death remain a mystery to this day.
Privacy has also been maintained by a heavy security presence around Schumacher's spacious property. At this stage, he is recovering at a custom-built clinic that was built on the grounds of his home overlooking Lake Geneva. Schumacher has been receiving around-the-clock care from a medical staff whose members have been required to sign confidentiality agreements.