Ever since 2008 Phillip Lahm has been madly in love with Claudia Schattenberg. The couple have known each other since they were sixteen, they met through mutual friends and have a son: Julian.
,,We have known each other for quite a while and one moment the spark ignited”, a smiling Claudia Schattenberg says in 2009 in an interview for Gala. Lahm adds: ,,We can talk about everything and like to spend what spare time we have together. Even if that’s at home on the sofa. Important, as we’re away a lot of the time. We both care a lot for our family.”
,,Phillip is very wise compared to other people his age. Apart from that he is very straightforward and speaks the truth. He is very direct. At the same time he is a haven for me and we have the same sense of humour”, Claudia says lovingly. Lahm often looks out to Sundays, when they can often spend have at least half a day together and like going to the theatre or cinema.
In 2010 Phillip Lahm and Claudia Schattenberg got married in a relatively intimate setting. They were mostly surrounded by their friends and family. They had their honeymoon in Greece.
Claudia is a professional industrial management assistant. She accepted her role as a player’s wife, though: ,,There will be a moment when Philip stops playing football and he will have all the time for me.” Both of them have emphasised in several interviews that they do not care much for fame or spotlights. Lahm likes to keep his private life private and blonde Claudia as well is not the type to develop into a WAG who is craving for spotlight attention. She did appear several times, as the tradition dictates, for the annual celebration of the Oktoberfest.
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The international for the German national team is also socially engaged. He has a foundation that is fighting against homophobia and wants to improve sportsmanship and acceptance in football. The defender, who can also play as a midfielder, was often accused of being gay in the past. In his autobiography he says: ,,I want to stress it once more, I am not gay. I haven’t married my wife Claudia for pretence and, no, I do not have a boyfriend in Cologne with whom I am living. There is a guy in Cologne who’s telling this, but none of it is true.” He does advise gay footballers to stay in the closet, though: ,,Look at Justin Fashanu, who ended up killing himself.”
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