Days before actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were busted by the feds as part of a high-profile college admissions cheating scam, their younger daughter popular YouTuber Olivia Jade Giannulli revealed that her father “faked” his way through his education.
In a March 8 interview with the “Zach Sang Show,” Olivia Jade, 19, revealed that she looks to her dad, who launched 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,” the influencer shared. “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,” she said. “That’s, like, such a different time. I don’t know if I was supposed to say that, but it’s OK.”
She also revealed that her parents had pushed her into attending the University of Southern California because neither of them had attended higher education.
“Mostly my parents wanted me to go because both of them didn’t go to college,” Olivia Jade said. “I’m so happy they made me go.”
“That sounds so terrible,” she backpedaled. “They didn’t make me. My sister 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.”
Court documents unveiled earlier this week state that 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.”
Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky on the sitcom “Full House,” Giannulli, and “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman are among dozens who were charged this week with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
Olivia Jade has amassed nearly 2 million followers for her YouTube beauty vlogs. Since the scandal became public, Sephora has cut ties with her.
She had previously shared paid advertisements for the makeup company on her YouTube videos, and launched her Olivia Jade x Sephora Bronze & Illuminate Palette in collaboration with the company back in December.
Her sister, Isabella Rose, is a social media star in her own right, with more than 260,000 Instagram followers, along with a coveted handle — @bella.