Olivia Jade and Sister Bella Defend Mom Lori Loughlin From College Admissions Scandal Backlash

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Lori Loughlin's daughters will always have her back.

On a Nov. 21 episode of her podcast Conversations With Olivia Jade, beauty influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli, 22, chatted with her sister Isabella "Bella" Giannulli, 23, about the backlash over their mom and dad Mossimo Giannulli's indictments for their involvement in the 2019 college admissions scandal. For the first time, the siblings publicly expressed support for Lori who, along with Olivia, bore the brunt of the criticism due to her fame, and also lost work: The scandal prompted the actress to leave Fuller House and for the Hallmark Channel to cut ties with her.

"When everything was happening, like, when we were going through the whole thingy-thing with our family, the thingamajiggy, what were you feeling?" Olivia asked Bella, who responded, "I think just the hardest part of this entire thing was…reading and seeing how horrible the media was to both you and Mom, without actually knowing you guys, and knowing Mom has the biggest heart."

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In March 2019, Lori and Mossimo were indicted for allegedly paying $500,000 in bribes to have Olivia and Bella admitted to the University of Southern California (USC) as recruits to the crew team, even though they are not rowers. In late 2020, the actress spent less than two months behind bars for her involvement in the case. Earlier this year, her husband completed a five-month prison sentence, some of which was spent in home confinement.

"I'm not trying to justify or excuse behavior or throw a pity party," Olivia said. "I think, for me, even though I also was getting dragged negatively, it like, didn't nearly affect me as much as like, seeing Mom getting, first of all, having all of this thrown on her. And I think that we can talk about it. I think I want to talk about this. She really took this whole thing on her back, solely."

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She continued, "When you see your mom who's raised you and who's been like, nothing but a good mom, like the most incredible mother in the world, and also just like, the kindest heart and like, knowing what you know and knowing how much we know about her and how well we know her, obviously, we both [came] directly out of her womb, so we know her pretty damn well. I think that was really hard for me. It was frustrating and it caused a lot of like, anger within me, when I would read stuff about her."

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