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Olivia Jade Giannulli returns to YouTube after college bribery scandal: I want to move on

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Olivia Jade Giannulli is back on YouTube. 

The 21-year-old daughter of Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli shared her first vlog on the platform in over a year following her family’s implication in the college admissions bribery scandal in 2019.

 “This is so crazy! Welcome back to my YouTube channel,” Giannulli began. “I am really excited because obviously I haven’t filmed in a really long time and I’m just grateful to be back on YouTube and I’m really excited for you guys to watch this video.”

Giannulli, who goes by “Olivia Jade” online, has nearly 2 million YouTube subscribers. Prior to the scandal, she frequently posted fashion, beauty and lifestyle vlogs.

Giannulli devoted nearly two minutes of her 15-minute video, titled “daily vlog x olivia jade,” to the college admissions bribery scheme that landed both her parents in prison after they pleaded guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to get their two children accepted into the University of Southern California as fake crew recruits.

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“I wanted to film this little intro part just because I didn’t want it to, like, just start the vlog and me not address anything,” she continues. “Obviously did my ‘Red Table Talk’ interview and I think if you have any questions for me or you have anything to say or you’re like, ‘Why are you back?’ you can go watch that interview. I think I kind of disclosed what I felt I needed to say on there.”

Giannulli’s video then jumps to an editor’s note, where she clarifies that she’s not being “dismissive” or “pretentious” of her parent’s actions. 

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“I didn’t want this to come across the wrong way, and I’d just rather say something and make the video look a little weird,” she explains. “I don’t mean to say (it) in a dismissive way or a pretentious way. I think what I was trying to get across was that the thing I wanted to do the most was apologize for so long and I felt like I got to do that at ‘Red Table (Talk).’ So although I can’t change the past, I can change how I act and what I do going forward.” 

Giannulli continued: “I just didn’t want anybody to take it the wrong way, and be like, ‘Ugh. I went on “Red Table Talk” and now my name’s cleared.’ Like, no. That’s not it. Just for my own mental sanity I don’t want to keep rehashing things. I just want to move on and do better and move forward and come back, and do what I love, which is YouTube.”

Lori Loughlin with her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, at the 2019 "An Unforgettable Evening" in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 28, 2019.

In December, Giannulli spoke for the first time publicly about the scandal with Jada Pinkett Smith, and Pinkett Smith’s mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and daughter, Willow Smith, daugh on Facebook Watch’s “Red Table Talk.” 

“I wasn’t aware of what was going on,” she said on the Dec. 8 episode. “I did work hard and when this did come out, I was a little confused… If only people knew how bad I feel that this happened.”

Giannulli also addressed her privilege in the show. 

“That’s embarrassing within itself that I walked around my whole 20 years of life not realizing, like you have insane privilege,” she said. “You’re like the poster child of white privilege and you had no idea.”

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Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli were among the highest-profile defendants charged in the scheme, which revealed the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their children into elite universities. Authorities said parents funneled bribes through a fake charity run by an admissions consultant to get their kids into top schools with fake athletic credentials or rigged test scores. 

The famous couple admitted in May to paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though neither girl was a rower.

Contributing: Sara M Moniuszko, The Associated Press

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