As Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli prepare to serve their time in prison for their role in the 2019 college admissions scandal, their daughters Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade are left coping with the stress.
Sources say that Olivia has had a particularly tough time accepting the reality of the situation.
“This has been extremely difficult for her,” a family source told PEOPLE of the YouTube star. “Her career has been affected because of decisions her parents made. But they are still her parents. She has to find forgiveness for them, and she will always love them."
"In turn, she hopes that as she finds forgiveness for her parents, her fans will not be as judgmental about her,” they added.
The 20-year-old's parents were arrested after they allegedly paid scam ringleader William Rick Singer $500,000 for their daughters to attend the University of Southern California as members of the crew team — even though the girls had never been involved with the sport.
On August 21, Loughlin was sentenced to two months in jail while her husband was given five months. Per their plea agreement, the Full House alum also agreed to pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service and two years of supervised release, while her husband agreed to pay a $250,000 fine with 250 hours of community service and two years of supervised release.
Per NBC10 Boston, Loughlin's lawyer said, "Lori stands here before you accepting full responsibility for her conduct."
The actress, 56, and her husband, 57, originally pleaded not guilty when the scandal made headlines. But in May 2020, they changed their minds. Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
“The crime Giannulli and Loughlin committed was serious,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin O’Connell wrote in a memo on August 17. “Over the course of two years, they engaged twice in Singer’s fraudulent scheme. They involved both their daughters in the fraud, directing them to pose in staged photographs for use in fake athletic profiles and instructing one daughter how to conceal the scheme from her high school counselor.”
Although Olivia herself was not charged with a crime, the influencer received major backlash following the scandal and lost numerous endorsements deals from brands like Sephora. After taking some time off social media, Olivia, who no longer attends USC, is hoping to rebuild her career.
“She accepts responsibility for her part in it,” a the family source to PEOLPE. “Everything she worked for was put on hold because of all of this, but she wants to keep following her passions. She’s young. When it feels right, she does want to continue everything she had been building before. Her path hasn’t changed."
"College wasn’t her path, but people around her told her how important it was and what a great experience it would be," the family source explains. "Her passion and love was always connecting with people on YouTube, and she hopes in time she can come back.”