Social media influencer and A-list offspring Olivia Jade Giannulli has reportedly accused her parents, actress Lori Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli, of ruining her life thanks to their alleged involvement in a college admissions bribery scheme that was recently blown wide open.
Loughlin and Giannulli were both arrested earlier this month and later released on bond, with investigators accusing the pair of paying $500,000 to have their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the rowing team, even though neither is an athlete. Federal investigators announced that 48 people, including parents, coaches, and actress Felicity Huffman, had been charged in relation to the multi-level scheme, which involved wealthy parents allegedly paying William Singer, the owner of a college prep business, who used his connections to help clients' children secure placement at prominent schools by either cheating on the SATs or bribing coaches to falsely recruit them as student athletes.
Loughlin and Giannulli’s daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella, are reportedly struggling to handle the sudden infamy. Olivia Jade, a 19-year-old former freshman, in particular is “really angry with her parents because she told them she did not want to go to college and she was pushed,” an anonymous source close to the family reported to Entertainment Tonight.
Olivia Jade was a fairly successful influencer with millions of social media followers and various endorsement deals to her name, but brands have reportedly been severing ties with the entire family after news of the scandal broke, and Olivia Jade feels that her parents “ruined everything,” according to the source.
“She has been passionate about her career and wanted to work and was doing well but that wasn’t enough,” the unnamed source told Entertainment Tonight. “Her parents said she would have to juggle college and her career. Now she’s devastated because everything she built [is imploding] before her eyes.”
Olivia Jade’s apparent lack of interest in higher education previously brought controversy her way after she remarked in a YouTube video that she “[didn’t] really care” about school but was looking forward to experiencing “game days” and “partying.” Her past comments have ushered in a new wave of criticism in light of her parent’s alleged involvement in the bribery scheme, and she is currently “so embarrassed she doesn’t even want to go out,” according to Entertainment Tonight’s source.
Her sister Bella, 20, “was far more invested in college and would [have] loved to have completed USC,” the source said. Both women, however, are “being attacked at every turn” and are turning to their “very tightknit group of friends” for support, the source said. They both are reportedly still enrolled in school but have no plans to return to campus.
USC announced earlier this month that they’d be conducting a “case-by-case review” of all students and graduates who may be involved in the scheme, though they have not yet specified what repercussions such individuals may expect to face, according to CBS Los Angeles.
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