Olivia Jade Giannulli returned to YouTube after a nearly nine-month-long hiatus and her first video back was a hit — well, depending on what one considers a hit. Since she posted it on December 1, her “hi again” video has over five million views and even though much of the reaction was negative, it’s still five million views, you know?
But while some would see it as a successful comeback, whether it was devoted fans who’ve been anxiously awaiting to hear from her, or first-timers wanting to see what this girl is all about, there is one person who definitely didn’t want Olivia Jade back in front of a camera so quickly: her mom, Lori Loughlin. The Full House actress was explicit that her daughter stay off social media until her and husband Mossimo Giannulli’s trial was resolved. But Olivia Jade missed filming so much, the 20-year-old did what she felt was right for her.
“Lori was very clear in telling Olivia to remain quiet and not do anything controversial,” a source told Us Weekly. But Olivia had “had enough” with not being able to do her thing and speak her mind — so she rebelled. And, according to the insider, the family is once again at odds. “Olivia’s YouTube video was a big betrayal. And cracks in the family are starting to show.” Because up until then, things between Olivia and her parents were starting to improve. “There were major tensions between Olivia and Lori when the scandal first broke,” said another source. Once Olivia met with lawyers, she had a better grasp of what things have been like for her parents and she felt bad for them and was “spending more time at home.”
It was in March that Loughlin and Giannulli were charged with fraud and money laundering, for allegedly agreeing to pay $500,000 to get Olivia and her older sister, Bella, into the University of Southern California as recruits for the school’s crew team. Then in October, the couple — along with 11 other defendants — added bribery to the list of charges they faced. They have pleaded not guilty but if the court finds them guilty, they face up to 60 years in prison.
It had been reported that Loughlin wanted to follow in Huffman’s footsteps and take the plea deal prosecutors offered earlier in the year but Giannulli rejected the idea, saying it would ruin their careers.
A judge has scheduled a status conference in Lori and Mossimo’s case for January 17, which they are not required to attend. Let’s see how things proceed from there. On the bright side, Olivia has not put out any new videos so perhaps she’s honouring her mother’s wishes. For now.