Lori Loughlin and her daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, are featured on the cover of one of this week’s tabloids, which tells a dramatic story of “revenge” and “betrayal.” The article was written after the actress’s daughter returned to YouTube for the first time since the college admissions cheating scandal. Gossip Cop can confirm that nothing about the story is remotely true.
The cover of this week’s Us Weekly reads, “Lori Loughlin Betrayed: A Daughter’s Revenge.” The subheading reads, “What Olivia Jade knew about the college cheating scam & why she won’t be silenced as her mom faces 60 years in prison.” The accompanying article, however, makes no mention of “what Olivia Jade knew.” That’s because the magazine doesn’t know what she knew, nor has the 20-year-old girl addressed the scandal.
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been charged with bribery, fraud and money laundering for allegedly paying $500,000 to get Olivia Jade and her older sister Isabella enrolled into University of Southern California. Us Weekly decided to add a decade to their possible sentence, as the spouses actually face up to 50 years behind bars. However, several legal experts have weighed in on Loughlin’s potential prison sentence, and all agree she’ll realistically get somewhere between one and three years if convicted.
Last week, Olivia Jade returned to YouTube for the first time in around nine months. According to the magazine, Loughlin is is furious because she had instructed her daughter to “remain quiet and not do anything controversial.” There was nothing “controversial” about Olivia Jade’s YouTube video. Still, a questionable source tells the outlet that Loughlin considers the video to be “a big betrayal,” but her daughter “had enough of not being able to speak her mind.”
Despite Olivia Jade’s YouTube video being the main subject of the article, the magazine only uses a few quotes from the two-minute recording. That’s because the actual video doesn’t fit the tabloid’s narrative. Here are the only quotes the magazine pulled from the video: “I genuinely miss filming. I feel like a huge part of me is just not the same because this is something that I’m really passionate about. It’s something I really like to do.”
Here’s what the magazine doesn’t mention: Olivia Jade made it clear in her YouTube video that she’s “legally not allowed to speak on anything going on right now.” Loughlin’s daughter added that she debated returning to YouTube “for seven or eight months.” She added, “Well if I can’t talk about it, is there a point in coming back and not being able to say anything? There’s no point in me just talking for 10 minutes to the camera about how I wish I could say something when I really can’t, so I’m going to leave it at that. This is the best I can do and I want to move on with my life and not try to be in a selfish way. It’s so hard because I’m not trying to make this about me or how I’ve been, because it’s not the point of this.”
Us Weekly‘s cover story is baseless and misleading. Gossip Cop reached out to an individual in Loughlin’s camp, who confirms there’s no truth to it. The Full House star isn’t angry about her daughter making another YouTube video. There was also nothing vengeful about the video. Olivia Jade simply returned to let her followers know she misses them. She didn’t address the scandal or her mother in any way. In fact, Loughlin’s daughter made a point of noting that she wants to “move on.”
Back in October, Gossip Cop busted a similarly outrageous story in Us Weekly‘s sister publication, Star. The tabloid alleged that Loughlin’s daughters planned to get revenge by testifying against her. That’s not happening either. The college admissions cheating scandal is already scandalous enough. There’s no need for the tabloids to create fictional drama.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.