Michael is not your Playboy F1 driver, on the contrary. He is the ultimate family guy. There are no wild stories of him, instead colleagues like David Coulthard also testify that Michael is really like that: very respectful of his wife, proud of his kids.
Some say the family guys are boring, bring on the Playboy types, but I think the majority of female fans appreciate the family guys more. At least I do.
Michael started to go out with Corinna in November, 1991. It’s well known that before that she was the girlfriend of another driver, Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Heinz and Michael were teammates at Mercedes in the Group C racing series. But on contrary with some rumours Michael did not “steal” Corinna from Heinz. According to Heinz himself in Timothy Collings’ book “Michael Schumacher – The life of the new Formula One World Champion”: “It was not something that Michael did. I think we were seperated, she and me, before.”
Corinna and Michael got married in 1995. Their civil ceremony was held on the 1st of August, their church ceremony on the 5th. On the 20th of February, 1997 their first child, a girl, was born. She was named Gina-Maria. On the 22nd of March, 1999 a boy named Mick followed.
Their marriage is examplary: even after being together for 18 years and being married for almost 14 years love is still in the air and in their eyes when they look at each other! In an interview with ZDF in this January, Michael told to Johannes B. Kerner that in the 18 years, since they are together, they have never had a serious fight, getting very loud or very angry! Of course they too have their disagreements from time to time, but for them it’s important to solve them in harmony and so far they have always managed to do so. I think that’s wonderful! Michael says the secret of their harmony is probably that they share the same values.
Like Michael, I just hope it goes on like this. Michael would always say his biggest achievment is not his seven Formula One titles, but his happy family and that is true! And I think he is a lot happier than a Playboy can ever be!