While actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters admitted into the University of Southern California, it may just be more of the same from the family.
According to one of the daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli, a YouTube star with nearly two million followers, her father “faked” his way through college.
Olivia Jade, 19, said in an interview last week on the “Zach Sang Show” that she looks up to her dad for “inspiration,” before making the scandalous assertion — this coming before the nationwide college admissions scandal blew up.
“He didn’t come from a lot, so it’s cool to see that he built it all himself,” Olivia Jade said. “He, like, built his whole entire brand and he wasn’t actually, like, I don’t know if I’m supposed to say this, ever enrolled in college.”
“But he, like, faked his way through it and then he started his whole business with tuition money that his parents thought was going to college,” she added. “That’s, like, such a different time. I don’t know if I was supposed to say that, but it’s OK.”
She also said her parents wanted her to attend USC “because both of them didn’t go to college,” even though Giannulli is widely seen as having attended the school.
Perhaps this explains why the parents were willing to part with a half million dollars to have their daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — the two girls aren’t actual participants in the sport.
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Ironically, Loughlin, who is known for her role in “Full House,” appeared in a video with her daughter in December 2017 and is seen joking about paying “all this money for your education.”
The mother and daughter where discussing the phrase “England Is My City,” a line from a song by Youtube star Jake Paul.
“If you would’ve said ‘England Is My City,’ I would have said, ‘Why did I pay all this money for your education?’” she said, as they both start laughing.
OMG I just found this video of Olivia Jade and Lori Loughlin on Olivia’s YouTube channel from 2017 this did not age wellll 😂 pic.twitter.com/Qo7xMbTwek
— Kayla Jones (@justkaylahere) March 15, 2019
But then, Olivia Jade all but signaled it was money being pissed away in another video.
In the video posted last year, the daughter admitted that she didn’t care about school, though she wanted to experience “game days” and “partying.”
“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,” she says. “But I do want the experience of like game days, partying. I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
The scandal is having consequences for the family, as Loughlin, who was charged with mail fraud along with her husband and released on $1 million bond Tuesday. They put up their home as collateral for both.
In addition to being fired from “Fuller House,” Netflix’s revival of “Full House,” the Hallmark Channel has canned a new episode of her drama “When Calls the Heart.”
Olivia Jade was also dropped by two major brands, according to ET.
She had a partnership with Sephora, which is cutting its ties.
“After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” tweeted the company on Thursday.
After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately.
— Sephora (@Sephora) March 14, 2019
And a spokesperson for TRESemme told ET in a statement, “After careful review of recent events, we have decided to end our partnership with Olivia Jade Giannulli.”
USC also told Entertainment Tonight that they are doing a “case-by-case review” of all the students connected to the scandal — OLivia Jade and her sister, Isabella Rose, 20, attend the school.
Oh, by the way, according to TMZ, as the news of the admission scandal broke, Olivia Jade was partying on spring break aboard the yacht of the Chairman of USC’s Board of Trustees.
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