Michael Schumacher’s family is preparing to take legal action over an article published by a magazine which presented it as the “first interview” with him since his accident almost 10 years ago.
The seven-times world champion suffered brain injuries when he fell while skiing in December 2013. He has not been seen in public since and his family have kept details of his condition private.
This week German magazine Die Aktuelle ran an image of Schumacher on its front cover promising “the first interview” with him, calling it a “world sensation”. However the publication also described the article as “deceptively real”.
The two-page article is titled “my life has totally changed” and features quotes seemingly from Schumacher discussing his recovery and his family, but points out afterwards that: “The interview was online. On a page that has to do with artificial intelligence, or AI for short.”
“There are actually internet sites where you can chat with celebrities,” it adds. One such site, character.ai, is referenced in the piece. A disclaimer on that site notes: “Everything Characters say is made up! Don’t trust everything they say or take them too seriously.”
A representative for the Schumacher confirmed to RaceFans they plan to take legal action in response to the article.
The family has declined to discuss Schumacher’s condition in the years since his crash. “‘Private is private’ he always said,” his wife Corinna Schumacher explained in a documentary produced about him in 2021.
“It’s very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible, Michael always protected us, now we are protecting Michael.”
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