KEY POINTS

  • Olivia Jade Giannulli said her parents only wanted to help them with their college admission 
  • The YouTube star was so embarrassed by the whole incident that she hid for three or four months
  • Olivia Jade has plans to return to YouTube after staying away from social media amid the scandal

Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade Giannuli explained why her parents got involved in a college admissions scandal and how they were moving on from the controversy.

Olivia Jade  made her first interview following the college admissions scandal with Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Jones and Willow Smith on "Red Table Talk" on Facebook Watch on Tuesday. During her appearance, she explained why her parents, Loughlin, 56, and Mossimo Giannulli, 57, did it and how it affected them.

"We had the means to do something and we completely took it and ran with it. It was something that it was wrong," the YouTuber was quoted by Us Weekly, as saying.

"It really can’t be excused. On paper, it’s bad — it’s really bad. But I think what a lot of people don’t know is my parents came from a place of just, ‘I love my kids I just want to help my kids — whatever is best for them — I worked my whole life to provide for my family.’ I think they thought it was normal."

She believed that it was "not out of the ordinary" that her parents did it. However, she was embarrassed to admit that she didn't know about it.

She was on a spring break when she learned about the scandal from a friend who called her and asked if she had talked to her mom. Olivia Jade Googled her mom's name and discovered the controversy involving both her parents.

"I was sitting with a group of friends and I knew any second, everybody was going to know too if they didn’t already. I remember freezing and feeling so ashamed. I went home and hid myself for probably, like, three or four months,"  she shared.

Olivia Jade and her sister Bella's status at the school were put on hold. However, they chose to drop out and never return there.

"I was too embarrassed. I shouldn’t have been there in the first place, clearly," Olivia Jade added.

Following the scandal, Olivia Jade also learned a lot of things, including giving herself second chances because she is just 21, and she said she should not be shamed and punished forever.

Olivia Jade and her sister will be spending the holidays without their mom and dad. It would be a hard Christmas for them, but it would be Olivia Jade's chance to focus on her life because they can no longer rely on their parents to fix things for them, an insider told People.

Also, she plans to return to the online video platform when the time is right. Olivia Jade has largely stayed away from her social media accounts and YouTube channel after the scandal.

"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," the source added.

Louglin and Giannulli pleaded guilty and were charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery. They were also charged of money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud. 

Loughlin was sentenced to two months in federal prison and was ordered to pay a fine of $150,000 and complete 100 hours of community service after her release. Meanwhile, her husband was sentenced to five months, $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service, NBC News reported.

Lori Loughlin Olivia Jade Actress Lori Loughlin and daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli attend the PrettyLittleThing by Kourtney Kardashian launch party on Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic