Beauty vlogger Olivia Jade Gianulli has returned to YouTube after an eight-month absence, telling her loyal followers she’s excited to be back – and that she will not, under any circumstances, talk about the legal shitstorm which forced her to lay low for much of the year.
“Obviously I’ve been gone for a really long time, and as much as I wish I could talk about all of this, it’s really hard for me to say… But the reason is that is that I’m legally not allowed to speak on anything going on right now,” she said.
Since she can’t, we will.
The 20-year-old’s video is the first since her parents, former Full House star Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Massimo Giannulli, were accused of paying US$500,000 (AU$738,000) to dodgy college admissions advisor William “Rick” Singer to sneak their daughters into enrolments at the prestigious University of Southern California.
The alleged scheme is as bizarre as it is fascinating, as Singer allegedly ‘found’ a spot for Olivia Jade and her sister on the university’s rowing team. Neither sibling rows.
Although Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty and served a short jail term for her own dealings with Singer, Loughlin and Massimo Giannulli maintain their innocence. But pressure is mounting. Federal prosecutors introduced new bribery charges against the couple in October on top of the existing fraud charges; if proven, the pair could spend years behind bars.
As for Olivia Jade, questions remain over how much she knew about the alleged scandal. In May, an unnamed source told Entertainment Tonight that Olivia Jade “feels she hasn’t been a part of any wrongdoing and feels tricked by her parents into going to a school that wasn’t even her top choice.”
Regardless, the whole thing forced the attempted college influencer to drop off YouTube. Until now, that is.
“The moral of the story is I’ve missed you guys so much, and I’m just really excited to start filming again, and start uploading,” she said.
Watch the clip below: