Michael Schumacher’s family speak out after fake interview published

Michael Schumacher injured in a skiing accident in the Alps

Michael Schumacher’s family have claimed that they will take legal action against a German magazine that ran an AI-generated interview with the F1 legend. German outlet Die Aktuelle promised an exclusive interview with Schumacher, who has not been seen in public since suffering a serious head injury in a December 2013 skiing accident, but to much ridicule published a fake article instead.

A Schumacher family spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that legal action will be taken. Since the skiing accident, his wife Corinna and their family have gone to great lengths to protect the privacy of Schumacher and his medical condition, while he is believed to be recovering in his family’s home in Switzerland.

Die Aktuelle, a renowned gossip magazine, published a front page claiming to have spoken with the Ferrari legend. “Michael Schumacher, The First Interview, World Sensation,” the page said as their words were featured alongside an older picture of the 54-year-old.

However, the small-print underneath the headline read: “It sounds deceptively real,” as the magazine had in fact created an interview using AI technology which has been met with criticism since publication.

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In 2014, the magazine posted a picture of Schumacher and his wife Corinna on the front cover, with the headline “Awake”, only for the article to have been about people who have awoken from comas previously, as the publication have had a long-standing back-and-forth with the Schumacher family.

The magazine also won a legal case against the family the following year after a front cover saying “a new love” had entered Corinna’s life, but the article was in fact referring to the couple’s daughter, Gina.

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Corinna has only revealed the extent of her husband’s condition during a Netflix documentary detailing his career in F1. “Michael is here. Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I find,” she said.

“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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