Olivia Jade was the centre of an explosive 2019 scandal when her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannuli, plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in the highly-publicised college admissions bribery case. We suggest getting up to speed with the Netflix documentary, Varsity Blues. The YouTube influencer broke her silence on the matter on Red Table Talk in 2020 but says she still feels silenced by cancel culture.
“I’m so hesitant to talk about it because of the trauma,” she said on her new iHeart Radio podcast, Conversations with Olivia Jade. “‘Oh gosh, if I say this or if it comes off kind of the wrong way, am I gonna get cancelled again?’. It really does leave such an impression in one’s mind.”
The 22-year-old continued, “I feel like I walk on eggshells when I talk, just because I don’t want to say the wrong thing, and I want to make it clear to people listening that, like, I’m not trying to victimise myself.”
Jade has gone on to become a contestant on Dancing with the Stars US and drives the helm of her own podcast. Despite some successes – in comparison to losing several endorsements in 2019 including a partnership with Sephora – she discussed how her life and mindset changed from the backlash.
“You kind of start to believe what people are telling you. Like, you don’t deserve a second chance and there is no room for growth,” she added. “You feel like, not to sound super dark, but how do you bounce back then? Because I want to be alive. I still want to grow up.”
After serving less than two months in prison, Loughlin will return to the small screen in her first role since the scandal. The actress will reprise her role as Abigail Stanton in When Hope Calls, whom she has played from 2014 to 2019.