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Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli attempted to start her YouTube career back up on December 1. According to Us Weekly‘s sources, her mother saw the choice as a “big betrayal,” and it created drama in the household. The new report comes in stark contrast to Entertainment Tonight‘s published last week; its sources said Lori was supportive of Olivia making videos again. Us‘s sources make it seem like the two-minute vlog caused war. Make what you will of the conflicting reports.
Why is Olivia returning to YouTube now such a big deal? Lori and her husband Mossimo Giannulli face up to 60 years in prison for allegedly paying $500,000 to make it appear Olivia and her sister Isabella were rowing team recruits to guarantee their admission to the University of Southern California. They pled not guilty to their charges of money laundering, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and bribery. They have yet to begin their trial to fight the charges—so anything Olivia says publicly can be used against them.
Us was told Lori had wanted Olivia to wait until after the trial finished to resume her career. But Olivia got impatient. “Lori was very clear in telling Olivia to remain quiet and not do anything controversial,” a source said.
Olivia “is done waiting for the trial to be over,” a separate insider said. A source told Us that Olivia wasn’t vlogging blindly either: “Olivia’s lawyer is providing counsel as to what content and topics Olivia can safely discuss.”
Olivia, in her first video, played it pretty safe. She stressed she can’t talk about anything happening with her parents yet. “As much as I wish I could talk about all of this, it’s really hard for me to say this, just because I know that it’s something that needs to be addressed, it’s just unfortunately, which is also why I didn’t know exactly when I should come back to YouTube, but the reason for that is just ‘cause I’m legally not allowed to speak on anything going on right now,” she said in the vlog.
The video wasn’t taken well by Lori though, an Us source said: “Olivia’s YouTube video was a big betrayal. And cracks in the family are starting to show.”
So now there’s drama…or not. Entertainment Tonight had much peachier, Olivia-centric intel that it ran last week.
A source told the outlet on December 2 that Olivia’s “life has always been so public and she had a life she was proud of, but the backlash, in the beginning, was more than she could take. Lori encouraged her to step away because it was brutal. Now that she has returned, she has been told that she cannot discuss her mom and dad or the ongoing case. Her parents are both supportive of her going back to YouTube, as long as she sticks to that rule.”
The source also added that honestly, Lori has bigger things to worry about than her daughter vlogging on YouTube, like you know, having a 60-year maximum prison sentence hanging over her head. “Right now, Lori’s focus is on the legalities of the case and fighting for her freedom,” the source said. “She really doesn’t have time to worry about what the general public thinks. She just wants what’s best for her daughter and she wants Olivia to be happy.”