Olivia Jade Giannulli breaks silence on College Admission Scandal on ‘Red Table Talk’
Famous YouTuber and social media celebrity Olivia Jade has finally broken her silence on her family’s involvement in the infamous college admissions scandal. She appeared in her first public interview on the Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk since news of the scandal broke last year. There, she talked about her parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannuli’s jail sentence as well.
Olivia Jade reveals how life has been after the scandal
Both Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannuli are serving jail time after pleading guilty last May in the infamous college admissions scandal. The Full House star and her husband, both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Whereas her husband Giannuli also admitted to one count of honest services wire and mail fraud. Now, their daughter Olivia Jade has finally opened up about the scandal on Red Table Talk. She began:
It’s been hard. I think for anybody, no matter what the situation is, you don’t want to see your parents go to prison, but also I think it’s necessary for us to move on and move forward.
However, despite the difficulties, she realizes that her family “messed up”. Jade continued:
I’m not trying to victimize myself. I don’t want pity — I don’t deserve pity. We messed up. I just want a second chance to be like, ‘I recognize I messed up’. I never got to say, ‘I’m really sorry that this happened,’ or ‘I really own that this was a big mess-up on everybody’s part,’ but I think everybody feels that way in my family right now.
Jade also opens up about the moment the scandal caught public attention
While talking to host Jada Pinkett Smith, and co-hosts, her daughter Willo Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Olivia Wilde also detailed the moment she learned that the scandal was gaining more traction and unfolding in front of the public. Jade said:
I was sitting with a group of friends and I knew any second everybody was going to know too, if they didn’t already, and I remember just freezing and feeling so ashamed — I went home and hid myself for probably three or four months.
Moreover, Jade also admitted that she “didn’t really 100 percent understand what just had happened”. However, she knew for certain that it was “wrong”.
Both Loughlin and Gianulli were accused of paying college admissions scam ringleader Rick Singer $500,000. They did so to falsely designate Olivia Jade and her sister Isabella Rose as members of the University of Southern California crew team. They denied any wrongdoing for more than a year. However, the couple pleaded guilty to all counts in May of this year. Olivia Jade continued on Red Table Talk:
I never went back [to school], I was too embarrassed. I shouldn’t have been there in the first place, clearly, so there was no point in me trying to go back.
How did she react after the scandal broke?
After the scandal broke, Jade revealed that she “wasn’t angry” at her parents. That is because she “didn’t see the wrong” in the situation initially. She continued:
I was like, ‘Why is everybody complaining?’. That’s embarrassing within itself, that I walked around my whole 20 years of life not realizing, ‘You have insane privilege. You’re like the poster child of white privilege. You had no idea.’
Moreover, Olivia Jade also said that her parents’ imprisonment might be a “blessing in disguise”. She talked about her mother, Lori Loughlin:
I know she’s strong and it’s a good reflection period. I know that it’s a positive that she’s in there right now, she gets to really rethink everything that happened, kind of figure out when she comes out what she wants to do, what she’s learned through all of this and I think that hopefully will be a blessing in the end.
Olivia Jade also addresses her controversial 2018 video
Moreover, Olivia Jade also talked about the controversial video she made before the scandal unearthed. In it, she talked about how she wants a college experience for “game days” and “partying”. She also claimed to not “care about school” in the 2018 video. Now, Jade admits that she’s embarrassed by that video, saying on Red Table Talk:
That sits with me and makes me cringe and it’s embarrassing that I ever said those types of things — and not only said them but edited it, uploaded it and then saw the response to realize it was wrong. There was no malicious intent behind it. I was never trying to hurt anybody or say those things to brag about my life, I was oblivious. I sit here now and I’m like, ‘How don’t you realize stuff like that? That’s embarrassing that that did fly over your head.’
Olivia Jade reveals what she’s up to nowadays
While talking about what she was doing with her life nowadays, Olivia Jade said she’s now mentoring young at-risk students in Los Angeles. She said:
It just kind of shifted my whole mentality. They all were so little but they were so grateful for that education … I was watching all of them and I was thinking about my situation and that I took all of that for granted. I didn’t think that I was lucky to have that, I just expected it because that’s what I grew around. So it was a big shift in my head knowing, ‘Okay, let’s start recognizing where the wrongs are in that.’
Moreover, Olivia Jade also said that she is now taking a completely new approach towards her work and life, saying:
I want to continue doing stuff and finding more things to do, but not just throw money at a problem. I’m trying and I’m starting and I’m searching. I’m still learning and it’s taken me a minute to do, but I also think I needed to have that understanding and that mindset switched to be genuine while I’m doing stuff. I think if I were to come on here a year ago, this would’ve been an entirely different conversation. I needed to learn, you know?
Her family has learned a valuable lesson
Finally, Jade says that she and her family have learned their lesson from this experience. She said:
Although it took a crazy experience for me and my family to realize it, I’m happy that we do know that’ll never happen [again]. When I have kids, that’ll never happen, I just hope people can see that. I want to move forward and I totally, totally understand if people aren’t ready to jump on board with me, but I’m here because I want to leave it on the table. I don’t want to keep dragging this throughout my life.
You can watch the full episode of Red Table Talk with Olivia Jade here.