College admissions scandal: Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade breaks silence

Brenda Watkins
December 2, 2019

On Sunday, Lori Loughlin's 20-year-old daughter and former social media influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli posted a new, edited YouTube video, her first since her parents were indicted in connection with a massive college admissions scandal more than eight months ago, and now face trial and potential jail sentences.

Giannulli, who has 1.93 million subscribers on YouTube, posted a two-minute video titled "hi again" Sunday explaining her return. I want to come back because I want to come back. In May, an unnamed source told Entertainment Tonight that Olivia Jade "feels she hasn't been a part of any wrongdoing and feels tricked by her parents into going to a school that wasn't even her top choice".

"A part of me is like, 'Should I come back to YouTube right now?' Because it's been so long, and I actually really, really miss it".

She continued, "I want to move on with my life, not trying to be in a selfish way..." They're accused of paying $500,000 to sneak Olivia Jade and her sister, Isabella Rose Giannulli, into the University of Southern California as members of the women's crew team. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty to three counts, two of fraud and money laundering and one of federal programs bribery.

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© Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock Olivia Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Isabella Giannulli attend the Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening benefit at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on February 28, 2019.

Jade went silent on social media after her parents' March arrest and lost advertising deals that included cosmetics retailer Sephora and hair products company TRESemme. "Like, I genuinely miss filming". "Thank you so much for your patience or if you've stuck around for nine months just waiting, I really appreciate it". "I really hope you enjoy the future vlogs".

The 20-year-old influencer announced her comeback to the platform in a video Sunday - saying she made a decision to return to the platform despite not being able to discuss the scandal her family has been embroiled in for almost nine months.

While Olivia could not talk about the details surrounding the case - saying she was "legally not allowed to speak on anything" - she did admit to her fans that she missed vlogging on her YouTube channel. "So, I'm going to leave it at that".

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