She was a YouTube star before it all came crashing down. Olivia Jade Giannulli is the younger daughter of actress Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, but she’s so much more than just a celeb kid. Now, she’s caught up in the college admissions scandal sweeping the nation, but for many years, she was most well-known for being a popular YouTube and social media personality.
Who Is Olivia Jade?
Olivia may be young, but she’s already a star in her own right. She runs a YouTube channel with almost 2 million subscribers as of August 2020; over on Instagram, she can boost 1.4 million followers. Beauty and fashion seem to be her main topics of discussion, and she had a deal as an influencer with Sephora. However, just two days after news broke that her mother, among other celebrities, had been indicted as part of a college admissions scam, the company decided to end its partnership with Olivia Jade, “effective immediately.”
What Did Olivia’s Parents Allegedly Do?
Lori, 54, was indicted on March 12, 2019, and an arrest warrant was granted for her on March 11 for “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.” Lori and her husband, Mossimo, 55, allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling 500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters [Isabella and Olivia] designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
Where Does Olivia Jade Go to College?
Well, she was accepted to and attended the University of Southern California. But it’s not clear whether she’s still there. Word has it that Olivia isn’t planning on returning to school because “Everyone is talking about her and she’s terrified she’ll be attacked by bullies because of the scam,” an insider exclusively told In Touch on March 15, 2019. “Right now, she feels like her whole life is over!”
Did Olivia Know About the Scam?
That’s not totally clear, although according to Us Weekly, Lori emailed the cooperating witness in the national college admissions scam case to “request guidance on how to complete the formal USC application, in the wake of her [other] daughter’s provisional acceptance as a recruited athlete,” so at the very least she may have known that she was accepted as an athlete when she wasn’t one.
In an affidavit excerpt obtained by The Atlantic, Lori allegedly wrote: “[Our younger daughter] has not submitted all her colleges [sic] apps and is confused on how to do so. I want to make sure she gets those in as I don’t want to call any attention to [her] with her little friend at [her high school]. Can you tell us how to proceed?”
A sentencing memo from the prosecutors in August 2020 explained the extent to which the girls were involved, and seemed to claim they were aware of the scheme. “They involved both their daughters [Isabella and Olivia] in the fraud, directing them to pose in staged photographs for use in fake athletic profiles and instructing one daughter how to conceal the scheme from her high school counselor,” said the note.
What Has Olivia Said About the Scandal?
Olivia’s YouTube channel went on hiatus after March 10, 2019, and she returned to the platform briefly in December 2019. “Obviously I’ve been gone for a really long time … as much as I wish I could talk about all of this, I know it’s something that needs to be addressed … I’m legally not allowed to speak on anything going on … I wish i could say something but I really can’t, so I’m going to leave it at that.”
She went on the explain how conflicted she felt about making videos again, but that she missed uploading on the platform. Two weeks later she dropped an “Everyday Routine” video, but that was the last thing she posted. It could be because the comments were flooded with people discussing her parents and shading her.
What Has Olivia Said About College?
What Olivia has talked quite a bit about is school, and in hindsight, the comments aren’t good. In an August 2017 video, the YouTube personality chronicled the first day of her senior year of high school, and at one point she revealed to the camera, “I’ve gone to one class and I already want to die.” She clarified that she didn’t actually want to die, but continued, “I just want to go home.”
Plus, before she headed off to college, Olivia said in a video posted August 14, “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.” Those are the sort of comments that are coming back to bite her now.
What will become of Olivia now that this scandal has impacted her reputation remains to be seen. Her mother and father are facing jail time for their involvement in the scam — both Loughlin and Giannulli agreed to a plea deal with sentences of two and five months respectively, which the judge accepted on August 21, 2020. There’s no doubt the ruling will certainly rock the video star’s world.
If any of her fans are waiting for her to speak out about what’s going on, well … they might just have to keep waiting.
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