“Listen, I am not their friend,” she told Us Weekly in 2016 about her daughters Bella Giannulli, 20, and Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19. “I am here. I am their mother. I’m here to guide them, and I think that is first and foremost. Look, I try to instill good values and be a good person, and for the most part, I have to say that my girls, they are good people. They are good people. They have good hearts.”
Welp, that’s awkward considering that she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to court documents acquired by ABC News.
On Tuesday, March 12, Lori was indicted on charges related to a nationwide college admission cheating scam, In Touch confirmed. Later on, an arrest warrant was issued for the brunette beauty, while her hubby was arrested that same day.
However, during the interview, the New York native confessed that she is strict, but wouldn’t consider herself a helicopter parent. “I would say that I am loving but that I am firm,” she said. “I would say that … I am available, and they have access to me. I am involved, but I am not hovering. I’m there to guide. I think I’m funny, but they don’t. But I still make that joke. They kind of roll their eyes at me, but I am funny. I’m funny! And they’re like, ‘No, you’re not.’ But anyways, we have fun. We have a good time together.”
In August 2018, Olivia talked about how she was really only in college for “game days” and “partying” and wasn’t serious about her education. In the end, the YouTube star apologized for her remarks. “I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend, but I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all … But I do want the experience … I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know,” she said.
Meanwhile, Lori wasn’t the only Hollywood star allegedly involved in the fraudulent scheme — Hollywood A-lister Felicity Huffman was also arrested.