Olivia Jade is finally ready to chat.
The daughter of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli – who hasn't said a word since both her parents were sentenced to jail time for their role in the college admissions scandal – is set to appear this Tuesday on Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk.
In a promo clip for the episode, Jade explained why she chose to appear on the Facebook Watch series, saying, "I've watched the show and I think you guys are all amazing and it feels really safe. But it also feels honest and feels like we're really going to lay it out there and it's going to be an open conversation."
If you remember, Red Table Talk is the same show Kylie Jenner's ex-BFF Jordyn Woods appeared on after she kissed Tristan Thompson and wanted to explain herself. And we can bet Jade's episode will be just as juicy, if not more so – the college admissions scandal was one of the biggest news stories of 2019.
Back in March 2019, Loughlin and Giannulli were both arrested after being accused of paying $500,000 USD to William "Rick" Singer to ensure Jade and her sister Isabella Rose would both be accepted into the University of Southern California. The sisters were let in as rowing recruits, with their bogus applications even including photos of them practicing their "rowing", despite never having actually done the sport.
Loughlin, who's best known for her role as Aunt Becky on Full House, is currently serving a two-month prison sentence and, if all goes to plan, will be out by Christmas, while her husband Giannulli is serving a five-month sentence.
Probably one of the worst parts of the whole scandal was that Jade, a YouTube influencer, wasn't all that interested in going to uni anyway. In a YouTube video posted after she missed her first week of classes due to her influencer commitments in Fiji, Jade said, "I don't really care about school, as you guys all know".
Also in an interview with BuzzFeed, she admitted, "mostly my parents really wanted me to go [to uni] because both of them didn't go to college." And then a month before their arrest, in February 2019, she tweeted: "YouTube will always be my #1 passion. I promise I'd way rather be filming 24/7 than sitting in 6 hours of classes straight."
After her parents' arrest, Jade dropped out of uni and her sponsorships as a YouTube influencer, which once included gigs with Sephora, Amazon and Marc Jacobs Beauty, started dwindling. Eventually, in December 2019, she resurfaced, explaining in a YouTube video called "hi again" that she was "legally not allowed" to speak about the scandal and that she was "terrified to make this video and to come back."
Catch the trailer for Jade's Red Table Talk episode here:
Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.