Lori Loughlin’s daughters, Isabella and Olivia Jade Giannulli, are “upset” their mom will most likely spend her holidays in prison, an insider exclusively tells In Touch. Luckily, the actress isn’t planning on making it a yuletide tradition.
“It’s unthinkable really,” says the insider. “Of course, Olivia and Bella aren’t going to complain publicly, they know better, but they do think that the judge should make sure that their family, at least part of it, is together as much as possible.”
Both of the girls are trying to keep their heads up after their parents, Loughlin, 56, and Mossimo Giannulli, were ordered to turn themselves in to authorities before 2 p.m. on November 19 for their involvement in the college admissions scandal.
“Their mom and dad finally admitted guilt, they’ve been humiliated and they’re paying the price. Their dad, Mossimo, can handle being away for the holidays, he’s tough, but Lori can’t handle that, she should be home,” the source adds.
“Lori loves decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas, granted this year will be very different and scaled-down,” the insider tells In Touch. “Even though Olivia and Bella aren’t little girls anymore, the holidays, especially Christmas, are all about being with mom. They just want her home with them.”
The Full House actress and her fashion designer spouse, 57, will spend two and five months behind bars, respectively, for their roles in the bribery scheme. Loughlin’s lawyer asked the judge to request Victorville Prison in Southern California for her sentence, while Giannulli requested Lompoc Camp in Central California.
Loughlin and Giannulli first found themselves in hot water in March 2019. They were arrested for spending $500,000 to get their daughters Isabella, 21, and Olivia, 20, into the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, although neither of the girls participated in the sport.
The couple initially pleaded not guilty in April 2019, and later admitted guilt in May 2020 and agreed to plea deals, which the judge honored.
Loughlin admitted she regretted her actions and would make better choices going forward during the virtual court hearing held amid the coronavirus pandemic on August 21.
“I thought I was acting out of love for my children but in reality, it only underlined and diminished my daughters’ abilities and accomplishments,” the Hallmark Channel alum told the judge in hindsight. “More broadly and more importantly, I now understand that my decision helped exacerbate existing inequalities in society generally and the higher education system more specifically.”
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