The YouTube starlet's parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to admissions scammer William "Rick" Singer to get Olivia Jade and sister Isabella recruited to the University of Southern California (USC) crew team, despite neither girl ever being a rower.
After Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, were arrested on fraud charges, Olivia Jade's status at USC has been placed on hold and she's lost several brand endorsement deals, including sponsorships with Sephora, TRESemmé and Estée Lauder. The 19-year-old has since been absent from her YouTube channel and all social media and has even moved out of her family's home.
“Olivia has been emotional in the midst of all of this and definitely wants to make a comeback and still wants to be a beauty influencer,” a source told Us Weekly. “She understands she needs to hide out for now and lay low, but she’s anxious to be back in the spotlight again and thinks that over time she’ll be able to come back.”
The source added that while Olivia Jade was somewhat estranged from her family following the scandal, “She now knows that this is very serious and has been calling her mom and dad every day to check in and see what is the latest with the upcoming court dates.”
Giannulli and Loughlin pleaded not guilty to initial fraud charges in the Operation Varsity Blues case and were hit with additional charges of conspiracy and money laundering. If convicted on all counts, they each face up to 40 years behind bars.
A recent report claimed that Olivia Jade knew of her parents' alleged involvement in the scam.