Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade says father 'faked his way' through college
Days before her parents' arrest, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli's daughter claimed her father "faked his way" through college.
The actress and her fashion designer husband were arrested this week for allegedly participating in a college admissions cheating scam to get their two daughters into college.
Authorities claim the couple paid $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California (USC) as recruits to the rowing team, even though neither participates in the sport.
During an interview with the Zach Sang Show posted on March 8, their daughter Olivia Jade, 19, claimed her dad never enrolled in higher education and faked his way through it, starting his business with tuition money his parents believed was going towards college.
Claiming that she looks to her dad, who created the fashion line Mossimo, for "inspiration", she said: "He didn’t come from a lot so it’s cool to see that he built it all himself. 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. That’s, like, such a different time. I don’t know if I was supposed to say that, but it’s okay."
In the same interview, beauty vlogger and social media influencer Olivia Jade said that fans often message her on social media asking for advice about the college admissions process.
"It’s the coolest thing getting DMs from girls being like 'I’m applying to college right now, what did you do?' It’s fun!" she stated, admitting that while she loved school, it was her parents who wanted her to pursue higher education.
The freshman continued: "Mostly my parents wanted me to go because both of them didn’t go to college. I’m so happy they made me go. That sounds so terrible, they didn’t make me. My sister [Isabella Rose] 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."
Full House star Loughlin has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud and was released on a $1 million (£754,000) bail. She appeared in court on Wednesday and was granted permission to travel to Canada for a film project. Giannulli faced the same charges on Tuesday and was reportedly forced to put the family's house up as collateral to pay his $1 million bond.
The two are among more than 30 accused parents, this including actress Felicity Huffman, who allegedly paid a firm up to $6.5m (£4.9m) to cheat on students' college entrance exams or bribe top coaches to offer fake sports scholarships.
On Thursday, Loughlin was dropped from all Hallmark Channel productions, with the network claiming they were "saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations."
In addition, Olivia Jade's collaboration with US beauty chain Sephora has been removed from the company's website and TRESemme has ended their relationship with the teenager.