MICHAEL Schumacher almost went skydiving instead of the fateful skiing trip that ended in a horror brain injury, his wife has revealed.
Corinna Schumacher also opens up on the F1 legend's ongoing treatment in a rare interview for a Netflix documentary out this month.
Corinna, 52, has been caring for her stricken husband for nearly eight years since he hit his head on rocks in the French Alps in December 2013.
She has fiercely guarded their privacy and revealed very little about his condition so far, leaving millions of fans desperate to know more.
Now she has agreed to speak in a documentary on Schuey's life – and reveals one of the last things he said to her before the accident.
She tells the filmmakers: "Shortly before it happened in Meribel, he said to me, 'The snow isn't optimal. We could fly to Dubai and go skydiving there'."
But they decided to continue the Alps trip, and Michael was badly injured while skiing off-piste with his son Mick, then 14.
Despite wearing a helmet, he suffered a near-fatal clot and spent six months in an induced coma before being allowed home for round-the-clock care by a team of specialists.
Corinna goes on to say in the film: "I have never blamed God for what happened.
"It was just really bad luck – all the bad luck anyone can have in life.
"It's always terrible when you say, 'Why is this happening to Michael or us?' But then why does it happen to other people?"
Corinna breaks down in tears in another part of the interview as she reveals Michael is "different" since his head injury.
She says through sobs: "Of course, I miss Michael every day. 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."
In another moving clip, Corinna offers a rare glimpse into their family life, which is dominated by Michael's treatment.
'GETTING ON WITH OUR LIVES'
She says: "We’re together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make him comfortable.
"And to simply make him feel our family, our bond.
"And no matter what, I will do everything I can. We all will."
And she adds: "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."
Racing driver son Mick, now in his debut season in F1, tells of his sadness at not being able talk about it with his dad in the documentary.
He says: “Since the accident these [family] experiences, these moments that I believe many people have with their parents are no longer present, or to a lesser extent, and in my view that is a little unfair.
“I think dad and me, we would understand each other in a different way now simply because we speak a similar language, the language of motorsport, and that we would have much more to talk about.
“And that’s where my head is most of the time, thinking that would be so cool. I would give up everything just for that.”
The doc is not released until September 15, but the comments were reported by a RaceFans journalist who has seen a preview.
Corinna has reportedly spent £20million on round-the-clock care for her husband at their homes in Switzerland and Majorca.
In a rare update in 2019, Schumacher was reported to be making "good progress" but also "struggling to communicate".
The same year, Corinna denied claims she was hiding him from the world and covering up the truth about his condition.
She insisted she was merely respecting Michael's desire for privacy.
This week Jean Todt, a close pal and his former boss at Ferrari, said he will "slowly and surely improve" offering hope for his millions of fans.
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