Lori Loughlin’s daughters – Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19, and Isabella Giannulli, 20, – have reportedly withdrawn from the University of California after Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli were arrested in connection with a college admissions scandal.
The girls withdrew from the university on Thursday March 14th after their parents were exposed, alongside other well-heeled personalities, for being involved in a university admissions scam (read here) where rich parents bribe their way through to secure admissions in Ivy league colleges for their unqualified children.
According to TMZ, Olivia, 19, and Isabella, 20, withdrew from the university because they feared being bullied on campus if they return. The girls have the full support of their parents, Lori and Mossimo Giannulli, both of whom have been indicted in the college bribery scandal.
(L – R) Olivia, 19, their mother Lori Loughlin, and Isabella, 20
Olivia, an online influencer who works with major brands, earlier came under fire for saying, “I don’t really care about school”. She made this statement before the university admissions scam was exposed. She said she was only interested in having the college experience like “partying”.
She said at the time:
I don’t know how much of school I’m going to attend but I’m going to go in and talk to my deans and everyone and hope that I can try and balance it all.
But I do want the experience of like game days and partying. I don’t really care about school.
After the college admissions scam was exposed, Americans on social media expressed outrage that kids who really want to go to school are denied admission for rich kids who are just there to party.
At the time news of the federal indictments broke on Tuesday, Olivia and Isabella were vacationing on USC chairman Rick Caruso’s yacht in the Bahamas.
Caruso, chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, released a statement saying the Giannulli girls were among his daughter’s friends who celebrated spring break on his yacht.
He said in a statement to TMZ,
My daughter and a group of students left for spring break prior to the government’s announcement yesterday,.
Once we became aware of the investigation, the young woman decided it would be in her best interests to return home.