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Michael Schumacher and his 'guardian angel' have toughest of 20th anniversaries

The F1 legend and Corinna, who he once lovingly described as his 'guardian angel', quietly had their 20th wedding anniversary while the world still craved answers about his condition.

Corinna has been regularly pictured alongside her 46-year-old husband over the last two decades, before a skiing accident put him in a coma for six months in December 2013.

Schumacher, 46, has faced the long-road to recovery since leaving a hospital in the French Alps, where the incident took place, and has been in his family home for nearly a year.

Little is known about the seven-times Formula One champion's recovery, with his wife, also 46, keen to deflect the glare of publicity from the star.

The pair's 20th anniversary on Saturday came 19 months after he suffered catastrophic injuries on a ski slope on the French resort of Meribel.

Corinna has always been seen as the rock behind the successful man and has given very few interviews in their 20 years of marriage.

Mother of Gina Marie, 16, and Mick, 14, she has remained resolutely media-shy, giving Schumacher the limelight throughout his glittering career.

After meeting at a Ferrari party the pair soon fell in love, with one German magazine commenting a year after their marriage: “Rarely do you see a couple made for each other as the Schumachers seemed to be."

For the pair's tenth anniversary Schumacher bought his loving wife a ranch in Texas, while they have also built a home in Switzerland together and bought a number of chalets.

Corinna would raise horses on the American ranch, building it into a multimillion pound business through the western-style riding of "reigning".

After his accident her support remains unwavering, with Schumacher's words of Corinna in happier times still ringing true today.

He said: “It is not so easy to find a partner who unconditionally adapts to the pace of my life."

Schumacher would regularly refer to his wife's backing and the couple's perfect union in inteviews, also remarking of her: “It is not so easy to find a partner who unconditionally adapts to the pace of my life."

Just days before his accident, the F1 legend revealed in a TV interview the couple had never had a serious fight.

He said: "It’s because we shared the same values.

“During all the time I was racing she was my guardian angel.”

It was plain for everyone outside the union to see the love inside.

After the accident on the slopes on December 29, a friend of the Schumachers told Express.co.uk: "All the models, the groupies, the sex-on-legs pit-stop girls never meant a thing to Michael.

Corinna was a small-town girl like he was a small-town boy, both from the same end of the country.

“They 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.”

Corinna continues to be fiercely protective of her sporting legend husband, and recently launched legal proceedings against three German tabloid newspapers who she said falsely revealed details of his condition.

She has kept his recovery quiet, but son Mick, who is looking to following in his father's racing footsteps, did reveal his dad was getting better "very slowly" to a F1 commentator last year.

Hopes were also raised for the former Ferrari driver when Jean Todt, the head of the sport's governing body, the FIA, said the star was "improving" and could live a "relatively normal life within a short period of time".

However, news has been sparse since then as the Schumachers help the family man carry on his battle quietly, with the love of his wife no doubt helping him through.

Express
06/08
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