Olivia Jade, the daughter of Fuller House star Lori Loughlin, is trying to come to terms with the intense backlash she’s faced since her parents were charged in the national college admissions scam.
A source close to the YouTuber has said “Olivia is still distraught and embarrassed. Olivia hasn’t been home much. She is furious with her parents, and now her main focus is on rebuilding her brand.” The popular influencer, who was open about her indifferent attitude toward getting a degree before the scandal exploded, “blames her parents for everything,” the source adds.
“She would have never gone along with paying her way through University if she knew this would happen. Olivia’s thing is that she completely trusted her parents about the whole thing,” the source says. “She spends a lot of her time with close friends and her boyfriend.” The (now) college drop is dating model/musician Jackson Guthry.
Earlier this month, actress Loughlin, 54, and designer husband Giannulli, 55, were among more than fifty people charged in alleged college admissions cheating controversy concerning elite universities and colleges including Georgetown, the University of Southern California, Yale and Stanford. The HBO star and the Mossimo clothing company originator allegedly splashed out $500,000 to say their daughter Olivia Jade was part of the USC rowing team when that was not the case, the indictment states.
The state documents claim that Loughlin, “decided to pay bribes which amounted to $500,000 in exchange for having both daughters selected as inductees to the USC rowing team — even though they did not participate in any of the crew activities — whereby guaranteeing their admission to the university.”
At this point, it is uncertain whether or not Olivia Jade and her sister Isabella Rose knew about their parent’s role in their admission process. Right now, the couple is facing criminal charges of conspiracy to perpetrate in mail fraud and honest services mail fraud after being arrested last month. Olivia Jade and her parents have faced extreme backlash, and the 19-year-old has made it clear that she does not intend to go back to school.
“Olivia didn’t care if she got into any college. All she wanted was to focus her energy on her flourishing business,” a source recently revealed to People Magazine. “and believes that she worked very hard for something that she’s passionate about. With all the backlash that she’s received, she has no idea what will happen with her business in the future.”
On Wednesday, the couple appeared in a Boston court to appear in front of the presiding judge for the first time concerning their alleged involvement in the nationwide scam. During their short six-minute hearing, they surrendered their right for a preliminary hearing. Lori and her husband also agreed to several pretrial requirements, including forsaking their passports and any possession of firearms they might own. After the hearing, Loughlin reached over to the next table to shake the hands of the prosecutors.
The troubled star and her husband did not enter pleas in the case against them. Another court date for them has not been confirmed.