During an appearance on Red Table Talk on Tuesday, Olivia Jade opened up for the first time about her role in the college-admissions scandal and how she’s coping while both her parents serve their prison sentences. And while the YouTuber has already faced numerous hardships this year, according to a source close to the family, she’s got some even tougher times ahead.
The source told People, “It’s going to be an even harder Christmas, but it’s also time that she can focus on her own life. The girls can’t rely on their parents to ‘fix’ things anymore.” They continued, “Changes have to happen within, and the girls are using this time on their own to figure out how to make their lives more meaningful. This isn’t an easy time, but it’s what’s needed.” Her mother, Lori Loughlin, reported to prison at FCI Dublin in Northern California on October 30 and is expected to be released by the end of the year, while her father, Mossimo Giannulli, began his five-month sentence on November 19 at a federal prison in Lompoc, California, not too far from the family’s new $9.5 million Hidden Hills farmhouse.
Olivia Jade expressed a similar sentiment of personal accountability during her Red Table Talk interview, saying that she was ready to take responsibility for her family’s “big mistake,” as well as the immense privilege she grew up with, so as to hopefully walk away from this experience a better person. During this time of introspection, she’s also stepped away from her vlogging career after being dropped by sponsors following the scandal, but the source said that hiatus won’t last much longer. “Beauty and fashion remain huge passions for her, and it’s what she wants to do in life. She’ll go back to her YouTube channel but do it in a more meaningful way.”
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