It’s been nearly nine months since we learned about Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli’s alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal and getting their daughters, Bella and Olivia, into USC. Because of the ongoing legal battles and the media storm that followed, Olivia Jade took a hiatus from her popular YouTube channel—she has nearly 2 million subscribers—but made her surprise return to vlogging this weekend.
The video, simply titled “hi again,” shows Giannulli addressing her absence and saying she missed her YouTube fam. But if you were hoping she would open up about the scandal that forced her into a long break from social media-influencing, think again. After welcoming viewers back to her YouTube channel, she cleared the air.
“As much as I wish I could talk about all of this, it’s really hard for me to say this just because I know that it’s something that needs to be addressed,” she said. “I’m not legally allowed to speak on anything going on right now.”
Olivia tried to explain why she chose this past weekend to get back to the channel after much debate, saying, “Like, I genuinely miss filming. I feel like a huge part of me is just not the same because this is something that I’m really passionate about, it’s something I really like to do. Also, I debated for seven or eight months, well if I can’t talk about it, is there a point in coming back and not being able to say anything?”
But apparently she felt ready to do it on her own terms: “I wanna come back because I wanna come back.”
Olivia went on to say she didn’t want to make it about her or how she’s been “because that’s not the point of this,” adding that she was “terrified” to film again. Giannulli further explained she wants to “start taking smaller steps in the right direction.”
The video, shared yesterday, has already reached over 1.4 million views.
Loughlin and Giannulli face charges of mail fraud, money laundering and bribery for allegedly agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes to get Olivia and Bella “designated as recruits to the USC crew team.” The couple have pleaded not guilty but if convicted, they face up to 60 years in prison.
Felicity Huffman, the other A-lister involved in the scandal, served 11 days in prison for her role in the wide-ranging racket that saw her convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying (US) $15,000 to try and boost her daughter’s test scores.