Olivia Jade Giannulli wouldn’t have ‘gone along with it if she thought this would happen’

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For a while now, my theory on the Lori Loughlin-Varsity Blues thing is that Lori and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were the kind of stupidly competitive parents who were just hellbent on seeing their daughters get into USC. My theory is that it was never Olivia Jade’s goal, none of it, but she made some kind of implicit or explicit agreement with her parents: she would go to college (the college of their choosing) only if they literally did everything, from doing federal crimes to paying someone to fill out her college application. That kind of helicopter parenting, my lord. Anyway, Lori and Mossimo clearly cared more about their bragging rights (“My kid got into USC!”) than actually teaching their daughters real life lessons. And what’s funny to me is that Olivia Jade isn’t even hiding the fact that she knew her parents were scamming her into USC. From a new People story:

Olivia Jade is struggling to come to terms with the backlash she’s faced since her parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli were charged in the nationwide college admissions scam.

“Olivia is still distraught and embarrassed. She hasn’t been home much,” a source tells PEOPLE of the popular YouTuber. “She is very angry with her parents. She just wants to figure out how she can rebuild her brand.” Olivia Jade, who was vocal about her indifferent attitude toward school before the scandal broke, “blames her parents for everything,” the source adds.

“She would have never gone along with it if she thought this would happen. Her thing is that she trusted her parents,” the source says. “Olivia spends most of her time with close friends and her boyfriend.” (She is dating model/musician Jackson Guthry.)

The source adds: “Olivia had her own life and business. She was always very driven and worked very hard to achieve what she had. This was her passion. She was honest about that she didn’t really care about school. But her business, she was always very serious about. She most certainly will find a way to start over again. She isn’t someone that gives up easily.”

[From People]

“She would have never gone along with it if she thought this would happen.” The sound you hear is Olivia Jade kicking her parents under the bus. Maybe she’s too stupid to understand that if she ever said that on the record or in a court, it would be seen as a confession that she was in on the scam. So far, none of the kids have been charged in the scam, because some of them didn’t know and some of them probably weren’t too heavily involved. Olivia Jade knew, and she was barely involved. I think it’s funny though – “She would have never gone along with it if she thought this would happen.” A lot of criminals say that. “If I knew I was going to get caught, I never would have done it!” Yeah, big surprise.

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    So she’s fine with lying and cheating, as long as she doesn’t get caught. Got it.

    There are so many press articles about her now, I have a feeling she’s gonna use all this to bolster her profile and career, which makes me sick.

  2. Allie says:

    She really has no self awareness about how spoiled and entitled she sounds. She’s not sorry for what she did. She’s just sorry she got caught. And she’s not even the slightest bit concerned about the person who earned the spot at that school and didn’t get to go because she and her parents stole it from them. She’s only concerned about how this affects her brand. And don’t even get me started on the fact that she thinks she worked hard and earned the Instagram following she had when, in reality, she rode her mother’s coattails to Instagram fame. Every time this spoiled, entitled brat speaks I dislike her even more.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      A perfect analysis of this disgusting situation, and the dimwitted, disgusting Olivia Jade.

    • Trashaddict says:

      So, we’re supposed to think she’s got her priorities in order because she’s “working hard” to achieve Instagram fame? Wow, that’s really something to aspire to!

  3. Michael says:

    Her “business ” was using her parents name and money to be an “influencer” She has not done a Damon thing on her own. Maybe this is an opportunity for her to be more than another privileged rich girl

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, this.

      “Olivia had her own life and business. She was always very driven and worked very hard to achieve what she had. This was her passion. She was honest about that she didn’t really care about school. But her business, she was always very serious about. She most certainly will find a way to start over again. She isn’t someone that gives up easily.”

      “own life and business” – which only existed because of who her parents are

      “always very driven” – to piggyback on her parents’ fame/names

      “worked very hard” – just NO

      “She isn’t someone that gives up easily” – except when it comes to studying and getting into college on her own merits, or achieving anything without using her parents’ fame/names

      girl, just staaaahhhhpppp.

  4. Case says:

    Meaning she wouldn’t have done it if she knew she’d get caught? LOL. Okay.

    • boredblond says:

      Made me laugh too..it’s like ‘I wouldn’t have robbed that bank if I knew I’d get caught’ as a defense. Something tells me she’s used to getting away with a lot.

  5. Other Renee says:

    Why is anyone surprised? Her mother is a bible thumping hypocrite, her dad is obviously ok with lying and cheating, and these are the values they taught their kids. Do whatever you have to in order to succeed; and if crime is involved and you mow down other people in the process, so be it.

    They are all awful and always will be.

  6. thaliasghost says:

    “She was always very driven and worked very hard to achieve what she had.” Excuse me? I’m currently walking two kilometers to work and taking the subway downtown with a broken foot on crutches for just about minimum wage. All the while being expected to give nothing less than full performance at work, not knowing how I can make it to my doctor’s appointments. Can we please stop accepting that being pretty and holding make up items into your own camera to followers you gained through your family means working hard? Thank you.

    • Holly says:

      @Thaliasghost I’m sorry you’re going through that but man, you’re a warrior! I’m a single mom of 4 daughters who works 60 – 70 hours a week as a housekeeper & commercial office janitor and when I’m tired and read stories about “how hard” an IG influencer works I kinda want to throw my whole phone away. Like, they truly do not know hard work if they think posting on social media is hard. It is not. This girl is just a product of bad parenting.

      • rosie says:

        I’m not at all defending Olivia Jade and the way she gained her fame but being an Instagram influencer IS hard work. I am one and I work 60 – 70 hours a week, just like you (sometimes more). I earn a living for my family doing exactly that what you’re pointing your nose down at and it takes a lot of work to do it. I’m essentially running my own business, doing all of my own administration, accounting, negotiations, location scouting, photographing, editing, writing, etc. So yes, IG influencers can and do “work hard” to do what they do.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      “Can we please stop accepting that being pretty and holding make up items into your own camera to followers you gained through your family means working hard?”

      A-freakin-MEN, sister! genetic lottery + insta followers does NOT = “working hard”.

    • Pineapple says:

      @Holly and @Thaliasghost, keep going, keep it up. I do believe the world rewards hard work. Whether it is in offspring who value what they earn, or the pride of being able to support yourself. I do love reading gossip … but the lives these people live, they are just so juxtaposed to what so many of us go through.

  7. Sash says:

    No pity, stop whining. She has money and status to fall back on. Take your punches and move on.

  8. minx says:

    She’s still a brat.

  9. Chaine says:

    I’m guessing she is not charged because the crime was the payment of the money/bribes, like William H Macy she is not being charged for simply knowing about the crime. I think it would take a lot more evidence about her for that to happen. Plus, she might have been a minor when all this occurred so if she was charged it would not be public, maybe???

  10. Louise177 says:

    What about the other daughter? There’s all of these articles about Olivia but nothing about her sister. I don’t even know her name.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      from everything I’ve read, her sis was also the beneficiary of M&D’s influence peddling and bribes, but she mostly kept her head down, did her schoolwork and wasn’t trying to get famous banking on M&D’s names. that’s likely why we haven’t heard much about her.

      • pottymouth pup says:

        the other daughter wants to be an actress – her credits seem to be limited to things her mom starred in so I wouldn’t say she wasn’t banking on getting famous off her parents. I have no idea whether she did her schoolwork and am probably guessing that the reason we’re not hearing about her reactions is that she & her friends have the sense to keep their mouths shut, and she wasn’t marketing her lifestyle like her sister

      • whatWHAT? says:

        pottymouth pup, I didn’t know that. in that case, I’d say your take is accurate.

    • Allie says:

      No one is talking about the other daughter because she’s not making a public spectacle of herself. I’m sure she’s an entitled brat too, but she at least has the good sense to stay silent right now.

  11. Fanny says:

    I can understand the girl’s point of view. This is why parents shouldn’t force their 17-18 year old children to commit Federal crimes. She didn’t understand the consequences the way an adult would, and I doubt she knew the entire scope of the crime. It was a horrible thing for her parents to do to her in more ways than one. (In addition to teaching her that status is all that matters and it’s ok to lie and cheat to achieve it.)

    I don’t think the Feds are planning to charge any of the children involved. They seem to be well aware that these were children (even if some of them were 18) and that this crime is all about the parents.

    But I wouldn’t be surprised if the Feds are telling the parents that charging the children is an option if the parents aren’t willing to plead guilty. They use everything at their disposal.

    • mrsodie says:

      Oh, please. I teach 16 and 17 year-olds, going on 20 years now. They know cheating is wrong. They know bribery is illegal. They play the odds because they don’t think they’ll get caught, or if they do get caught, they’ll get out of it.

  12. Tourmaline says:

    I think your brand is busted, baby doll.

  13. B says:

    there is so much about these people and this story that is just beyond appalling. I mean honestly they are gross.

    However, I am going to pick on a pet peeve of mine with the instagram and reality set- they are not running businesses. Like that requires actual knowledge they are paying managers to get them licensing deals and slapping their name on stuff. The only person running a business are the licensing company.

    Sorry I know in the grand scheme of things this is not important in the story but it drives me up a wall when these losers talk about being strong business people.

    Also I feel so bad for all the bright ignored students who live in the very neighborhood of USC that didn’t get a chance because of crap like this!

    • jules says:

      Yes! Our society is in a sad state when makeup youtube videos is considered a legit business.

  14. Shannon says:

    I mean, her “passion?” Lord, I’m cool with makeup, I’m cool with Kylie Jenner using an existing platform to launch her own brand of makeup. But I will never understand this “influencer” thing. I mean, I briefly watched her YouTube channel and it was just like watching your friend try on different outfits to see what you think, only this isn’t your friend and you dgaf. Maybe I’m just too old lol

    • Erinn says:

      There are a few I watch regularly. But the vast majority of them drive me up the wall. What I want to see is reviews on makeup application/weartime/ how it interacts with different skin types. I don’t need anything related to clothing or whatever. If I want to know if a product is good before buying it, there are a couple of youtubers I trust. One of which does not have a marketing team/manager – she takes care of the business side of things completely. She also turns down the vast majority of sponsorships because her main interest is unbiased reviews.

  15. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    God, the ignorance. She belongs back in elementary. Maybe they can get a family discount.

  16. Renee says:

    Would someone tell this girl she wouldn’t have a brand without her parents’ name & influence. She is privileged on so many levels. She doesn’t even enough common sense to “act” embarrassed.

    • me says:

      I know right? There are millions of skinny pretty White girls on YouTube doing make-up. What got her known was her family name and fame.

    • kosmos says:

      Yep, she needs to wake up tomorrow in another woman’s body and her not-so-privileged life–oh my, she wouldn’t have everything she has now and she might even have to be smart enough to pass an SAT to get into college in order to one day have a decent paying job. She wouldn’t get clothes from her designer father, or live in a million dollar home for starters. She might have to live like “regular” folks–that could literally freak her out, right?

  17. JRenee says:

    What happens when these kids are accepted. Are they able to keep up with the curriculum?

    • me says:

      I am sure they don’t do any of their own work and perhaps don’t even attend class themselves!

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Precisely. Just buy the damn piece of paper already and claim you earned it.

      • jan90067 says:

        Oh hell… just photoshop a diploma and leave the space for someone who wants to LEARN something!!

  18. Harryg says:

    How amusing! Hope she keeps talking! She’s like a character from some parody TV show.

    • Agenbiter says:

      It could be called ‘Overly Secure White Girl’?
      Next she’d try a sex tape to stay relevant but find that had lost all shock value. Need a new angle …

  19. PlayItAgain says:

    WTAF?? Her brand is what’s important?? Good lord, that’s all you need to know about this vacuous, ignorant twit. She’s another Kardashian in the making. I hope her ridiculous mother has to spend at least an afternoon in jail, forcing her to reschedule her weekly nail appointment, so this life lesson really sinks in. (Yes, that’s sarcasm.)

  20. Xtrology says:

    Kaiser, you are just so right. What can anyone say?

  21. Meg says:

    She sounds like she’d be a lot of work to be around being that spoiled And entitled. Shes attractive but how many guys spent some time with her only I realize -nope

  22. Valerie says:

    In other words, if she had known she wouldn’t be able to get away with it, she would’ve done the right thing. Otherwise, who cares, right? And her dad has the nerve to talk about self-made people.

  23. A says:

    “She would have never gone along with it if she thought this would happen.”

    Honey, just stop. Stop. Stop talking. For the love of god.

  24. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    Pretty sure NONE of them would have done it if they knew they were going to get caught.
    Jesus. I’m starting to see why Lori had to bribe this girls way into college…