Here's Everything You Should Know about Lori Loughlin's Daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose
Both young women, product of Loughlin’s marriage to fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are involved in entertainment in some way, and they are currently at the center of a controversy over their admission to college.
One of them an aspiring actress and the other as a successful YouTuber, the two Giannulli sisters are used to draw attention upon themselves, but this time they are the subject of a shameful controversy involving a college bribery scheme.
Since their mother, famous for her role as Aunt Becky in “Full House” was named by the FBI as suspect in an investigation involving bribing the way into admission to prestigious colleges for her daughters, curiosity about them has only increased.
The older of the two, 20-year-old Isabella “Bella” Rose Giannulli, has followed her mother’s footsteps and has already starred in two Hallmark Christmas movies.
She recently starred in “Homegrown Christmas” and previously debuted in “Every Christmas Has a Story.” In both productions, Bella has shared the screen with Loughlin.
"She's 20 years old now and we got to spend a chunk of time up in Vancouver, which was very special because she is off doing her own thing, so just to have her all to myself during that time was so special,” Loughlin said about their recent shooting.
Bella used to have public Instagram and Twitter accounts, but the former was turned to private and much of its content removed, and the latter has been inactive for months.
The younger sister, 19-year-old Olivia Jade Giannulli, admitted having inherited one of her main interests from her mother.
A fashion vlogger and beauty influencer with almost 2 million subscribers in her YouTube channel, Olivia credited watching makeup artists do Loughlin’s face with obsessing her with it.
“I think ever since I was young, my mom had her makeup professionally done for events so I would always watch makeup artists kind of sculpt her face a little bit,” she told People.
Olivia had already faced backlash last year for her remarks online showing she didn’t have any serious interest in studying at the University of Southern California.
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend,” she said in one of her videos in August 2018.
After finishing her high school education in a private school, and ahead of her now controversial admission in UCI, she mentioned how busy her work schedule was going to be now that she was creating a beauty collection with Sephora, leaving her little time to commit to her studies.
“But I’m gonna 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, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know,” she confessed.
Her own subscribers and fans were greatly disappointed by her shameless privilege and spoiled views about getting a higher education, something that millions struggle to accomplish.
“I honestly found it very disappointing when you said you care more about parties and tailgates rather than your education. If you hate school so much why go to college?” one YouTube commenter said.
“And it’s honestly insulting when tons of people can’t even afford to go to college but want to and I know damn well you’re not going to a community college meaning you’re probably going to a good school that others would literally kill to go to,” was added.
She replied with an apology video two days later, but as another commenter wrote in the wake of the recent college admission scandal, “This is about to blow up all over again for even worse reasons.”
COLLEGE BRIBERY CASE
Both Longhlin and husband Giannulli were charged on March 11 with being involved in a college admissions and cheating scandal that implies they made illegal payments to USC’s insiders to secure their daughter’s admission.
The Giannulli’s “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500.000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team” according to court papers obtained by BBC.
"[Our younger daughter] has not submitted all her college's apps and is confused on how to do so. I want to make sure she gets those in as I don't want to call any attention to [her] with our little friend at [her high school]. Can you tell us how to proceed?" Loughlin reportedly wrote to one of the alleged scammers.
It is not known if any of the sisters were aware of the irregular procedure, and what their future in USC will be is yet to be seen.
Neither USC nor any other of the universities involved are being charged, but college sports coaches, test proctors and other people working for or associated with the institutions are under investigation.
Among 50 people was indicted by federal prosecutors amid what the FBI has called “Operation Varsity Blues,” including the Giannulli’s and “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman.
On March 11, Giannulli was released on $1 million bail, while Loughlin surrendered to authorities on March 12.