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Lifestyle influencer Olivia Giannulli is the youngest daughter of TV star Lori Loughlin

and clothing company founder Mossimo Giannulli.

But she's also been caught up in a bombshell college admissions scandal, with her parents

charged with fraudulent activity to get her into school.

Here's everything that's come out about Olivia's involvement.

In recent years, Giannulli has grown a social media brand for herself under the name Olivia

Jade, boasting nearly 2 million YouTube subscribers and 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

But while she certainly has a passion for beauty and fashion, Olivia is not as big a

fan of higher learning.

In 2017, while still in high school, she tweeted with exasperation that she hated school, adding,

"It's so hard to try in school when you don't care about anything you're learning."

For the most part, it's a relatable sentiment, and nothing out of the ordinary.

Olivia kept her education going after high school, being accepted into the University

of Southern California, where she enrolled as a freshman in the fall of 2018.

But that development is coming under extra scrutiny thanks to her parents' involvement

in a nationwide college admissions scheme that allegedly benefited Olivia and her older

sister, getting them into USC via a very shady side door.

In March 2019, Olivia's celebrity parents were scooped up in an FBI investigation called

"Operation Varsity Blues," which has been described as the largest college admissions

scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

The scandal entangled nearly 50 people, including actress Felicity Huffman and several high-powered

executives and CEOs who allegedly paid millions of dollars worth of bribes to get their children

into elite colleges across the country.

According to court documents, Loughlin and Giannulli,

"[...] 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."

Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, announced the conclusion

of the operation by saying,

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady

application of wealth combined with fraud."

Allegedly, Laughlin and Giannulli arranged to have their daughters recruited into USC

via the school's rowing team, despite the fact that neither one of them is a competitive

rower.

As part of the scheme, Olivia allegedly posed for a photo shoot with a rowing machine, to

help sell the story that she was an active participant in crew.

The deception did not go unnoticed.

Reportedly, a high school guidance counselor noticed discrepancies in the sisters' applications

and became concerned that the family was passing off misleading information.

Reportedly, the girls' parents were advised by Donna Heinel, a USC associate Athletic

Director and alleged co-conspirator, to press on with their cover story, and not engage

with the counselor.

The family also reportedly required the assistance of the conspiracy's ringleader, William Singer,

to complete Olivia's college applications without drawing any further suspicion.

"In life, if you give it your all and you do the best you can, there'sthat's it,

that's all you can do.

And that's enoughin my opinion."

According to her own statements, Olivia has never been the most enthusiastic student.

She tweeted on February 6th,

"YouTube will always be my #1 passion.

I promise I'd way rather be filming 24/7 than sitting in 6 hours of classes straight."

On March 8th, 2019, days before the scandal broke, Olivia admitted on The Zach Sang Show

podcast that the only reason she's even in college is because, quote, "my parents really

wanted me to go."

She did express gratitude for her parents encouraging her to enroll in college, but

not for the reasons you might think.

Apparently, she grew to consider college as a fun angle for her lifestyle brand, saying,

"It's cool to create [YouTube] content from a whole different side of things.

It's the coolest thing to get DMs from girls who are like, I'm applying to college now!

What did you do?”

Before classes even started at USC, Olivia let her YouTube audience know that school

was going to be very low on her list of priorities.

"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.

But I do want the experience of like game days, partying."

The influencer also added,

"I don't really care about school, as you guys all know."

The stance caused some of her subscribers to turn on her, calling her privileged, spoiled,

and plenty of other things.

Many reacted poorly to her flippant attitude toward attending a sought-after school, with

one commenter saying Olivia's take on college was, quote, "honestly insulting."

Two days later, Olivia responded with an apology video titled "im sorry," in which she tried

to walk back her dismissive comments.

"I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically, and it totally came across that

I'm going to a really nice school, and it just kind of made it sound like I don't care."

Of course, now that it's come out that she cheated her way into school, her problems

are probably just getting started.

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