Instagram and YouTube celebrity Olivia Jade Giannulli, daughter of actress Lori Loughlin and fashion entrepreneur Mossimo Gianulli, who are facing charges for college admission bribery, published a YouTube video on Dec. 1 after being silent since her parent’s arrest in March.
“Welcome back to my YouTube channel,” she said on her video, “Obviously, I’ve been gone for a long time… I wish I could talk about all of this, it’s really hard for me to say this just because it’s something that needs to be addressed… I’m legally not allowed to speak on anything going on right now.”
The actress and the businessman were arrested in March for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud after allegedly paying half a million dollars to guarantee the admission of their daughters into the University of Southern California as elected crew team recruits, even though neither of them had played the sport.
They have pleaded not guilty for their involvement in the college admissions bribery scandal.
“I’m terrified to make this video and come back,” Jade says, “but I want to start taking smaller steps in the right direction.”
She has almost 2 million subscribers on YouTube. The two-minute video had 1.3 million views by the morning of Dec. 2. With 71,000 “likes” and 32,000 “dislikes,” many comments on the video were negative.
“A part of me is like, should I come back to YouTube right now because it’s been so long? And, I actually really, really miss it, like I genuinely miss filming. I feel like a huge part of me is just not the same cause this is something I’m really passionate about, something I really like to do,” she said.
Olivia lost several brand deals in the scam’s aftermath, however, she doesn’t want to delete her Instagram account as her older sister did.
Olivia said previously in a video that she doesn’t “really care about school,” to which she later apologized.