Lori Loughlin faces charges for participating in a college admissions cheating scam
As Lori Loughlin faces charges for allegedly participating in a college admissions cheating scam to get her children into school, her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli’s past commitment to her education has come into question.
Loughlin’s 19-year-old daughter, who goes by Olivia Jade on her popular YouTube channel, faced backlash last year when she posted a video in which she said she was only interested in attending college for the parties.
While answering fan questions, Olivia Jade said she wasn’t sure how she planned to balance her social media career while taking classes at the University of Southern California, where she is a freshman.
“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 said. “But I do want the experience of like game days, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
Fans quickly hit the comments section of the video, accusing Olivia Jade of being “ungrateful” for her education and having a “privileged” outlook on school.
“I honestly found it very disappointing when you said you care more about parties and tailgates rather than your education. If you hate school so much why go to college?” one commenter said. “And it’s honestly insulting when tons of people can’t even afford to go to college but want to.”
Another user wrote: “Dang must be nice to only go to school for the game days, or to party…,” another said sarcastically. “Here I am going cause I would be the first of my family’s generation to have a degree and better opportunities.”
After reading the comments, Olivia Jade posted a second video apology, admitting she was “disappointed” in herself.
“I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically. And it totally came across that I’m ungrateful for college — I’m going to a really nice school. And it just kind of made it seem like I don’t care, I just want to brush it off. I’m just gonna be successful at YouTube and not have to worry about school,” she said in the video. “I’m really disappointed in myself.”
“I didn’t mean it that way,” she added. “I’m sorry for anyone I offended by saying that. I know it’s a privilege and a blessing and I’m really grateful.”
On Tuesday, Loughlin was among a list of 50 people who have been indicted as part of an alleged nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
“Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston,” the release said.
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly gave $500,000 to say her child was part of the rowing team, when that was not true, the indictment states.
The couple, who were both indicted, “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” state the documents.
Loughlin’s rep did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Olivia Jade is not currently listed on the USC women’s rowing roster.
Felicity Huffman was also named and allegedly gave $15,000 to help one of her children excel on an entrance exam, the indictment states.