Olivia Jade said her fashion designer father, Mossimo Giannulli, "faked" his way through college

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March 15, 2019 01:00 AM

Days before Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were arrested for allegedly participating in a college admissions cheating scam to get their two daughters into college, their youngest, popular YouTuber Olivia Jade Giannulli spoke out about her dad’s former college experience in which he “faked” his way through his education.

During an interview with the Zach Sang Show posted on March 8, Olivia Jade, 19, said that she looks to her dad – who created the fashion line Mossimo – for “inspiration.”

“He didn’t come from a lot so it’s cool to see that he built it all himself,” she 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. That’s, like, such a different time. I don’t know if I was supposed to say that, but it’s okay.”

In addition, the influencer said fans often message her on social media asking for advice about the college admissions process.

“It’s the coolest thing getting DMs from girls being like ‘I’m applying to college right now, what did you do?’ It’s fun!” she said.

And while Olivia Jade said she loves school, she admitted that it was her parents who pushed her into pursuing higher education at the University of Southern California, where she is a freshman, despite her booming social media career.

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“Mostly my parents wanted me to go because both of them didn’t go to college. I’m so happy they made me go. That sounds so terrible, they didn’t make me,” she said. “My sister [Isabella Rose] goes to the same school and we are pretty much inseparable, so it was nice following in her footsteps in a little bit. I do like it.”

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Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli are among dozens charged in an alleged college admissions scam involving elite colleges and universities including Yale, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and Stanford. The duo allegedly paid $500,000 to make it appear that their daughter had been a rower, the indictment states. (Olivia Jade is not currently listed on the USC women’s rowing roster. It’s unclear if she was aware of the alleged scheme, and she was not charged.)

Both Loughlin and Giannulli were arrested this week on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Giannulli appeared in federal court on Tuesday and was released after posting a $1 million bond. Loughlin made her first appearance in federal court on Wednesday in Los Angeles where a judge set her bond at $1 million, according to the Associated Press.

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On Thursday, Loughlin was dropped from all Hallmark Channel productions amid the scandal.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, the network said, “We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations.”

“We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production,” the statement continued.

The actress has become a staple on the channel over the years, starring in numerous movies, TV shows and specials. She is currently starring as a series regular on Hallmark’s drama When Calls the Heart, which is currently in its sixth season. A representative for Hallmark told PEOPLE that the series will not air on Sunday, March 17.

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In addition, Olivia Jade is losing sponsorships as well, including her partnership with Sephora and TRESemmé.

Olivia collaborated with Sephora’s in-house beauty brand, Sephora Collection, to launch the Olivia Jade x Sephora Collection Bronze & Illuminate Palette in December 2018. The palette is currently listed as “out of stock” on Sephora’s website.

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