Olivia Jade is a YouTube star who rose to fame after her parents, Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin, became involved in a college admissions scandal that shocked the internet. Loughlin is widely known for her role as Aunt Becky, in which she spent nearly a decade on the hit series Full House and the reboot Fuller House, per IMDb. Her husband Giannulli is a fashion designer known in the industry for launching the hugely successful, budget-friendly Mossimo line in 1986, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Though the couple was well established in their careers, Loughlin and Giannulli became notorious for their connection to the admissions scandal involving email scams and honest services email scams in 2019, per E! News. According to CNBC, the couple paid a whopping $500,000 as a bribe to secure their daughters’ enrollment at the University of Southern California as part of the crew team, though neither girl had any interest in the sport. “Bella and Olivia are suffering the consequences of their parents’ choices in their own way,” ET said. According to the insider, Jade is “really mad at her parents,” while her sister Rose is “so embarrassed she doesn’t even want to go out.”
Although it’s been three years since the family was embroiled in a scandal that made national headlines for weeks, many have often wondered where Jade stands with her mother today.
Olivia Jade and Lori Loughlin are doing well
Not only did Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli bribe their daughters into one of the top universities in the country, but their plan backfired after the girls decided to drop out of school altogether. According to TMZ, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose chose to withdraw from the University of Southern California because they were ultimately afraid of the backlash and bullying that would come from their peers on campus. As a result of what her parents did, Variety reported that Sephora and Unilever’s TRESemmé, along with other brands like Amazon, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs Beauty, and Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, to name a few, have severed ties with Jade.
But despite public scrutiny, the social media influencer is sticking with her mother. In one of Jade’s recent YouTube videos, her mother Loughlin made a brief cameo while she was on FaceTime, and the vlogger couldn’t stop gushing about her mother’s looks. “Say ‘Hey,'” Jade said. A fresh-faced Loughlin appeared in good spirits and waved back at her daughter as she recorded the interaction for her video. “Sweet cake! She’s a sweet cake. I want to eat her because she’s so cute,” Jade said in response to Loughlin.
Although the social media star lost several branding deals and retired from college due to the admissions scandal, Jade still has a lot of love for her parents.
Olivia Jade sympathizes with her mother’s actions
Oliva Jade loves her mom and isn’t afraid to show it. The beauty influencer shared a rare black and white throwback photo of Lori Loughlin to Instagram in honor of Mother’s Day. “You’re the best. Period,” Jade wrote. During an interview on Red Table Talk, the model made it clear that she’s now fully aware that what her parents did was fraudulent, but she empathizes with them. “My parents came from a place where they just said, ‘I love my kids, I just want to help my kids — whatever’s best for them — [and] I’ve worked my entire life to provide for my family. “I think they thought it was normal,” she said on the show (via Us Weekly).
Jade went on to tell hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris that their parents are “good people” who should be given a second chance. “I’m not going to judge them for a mistake they made,” she added. “Even though it’s a big one, they’re going to pay the price.” According to NBC News, Loughlin served a two-month sentence, was forced to pay $150,000 in fines and do 100 hours of community service. Meanwhile, her husband Mossimo Giannulli was serving five months, spending $250,000 and completing 250 hours of community service.
While Jade and Loughlin’s relationship appears to have improved since the scandal first broke, the social media star is focused on moving on.