Olivia Jade has responded to a line in the “Gossip Girl” reboot via TikTok, claiming the statement is false.
The new HBO Max series, which premiered on Thursday, referenced the disgraced family in the pilot. In the episode, three characters addressed the college admissions scandal in a scene by pointing to Olivia Jade and her family.
“You as someone who loses is bad for business,” said one character.
Another added: “And everything will be fine so long as you win. Olivia Jade gained followers when her mom went to jail.”
This weekend, Olivia Jade made a TikTok video to address the scene and seemed to shut down any criticisms that she gained social media followers from her family’s controversy. The video has since been viewed 2 million times as of Tuesday, July 13.
“no i didn’t,” Olivia Jade, 21, wrote in the caption. The video shows her alongside the pilot of “Gossip Girl” on HBO Max playing in the background with subtitles playing. The comment section was turned off at the time of writing.
Olivia Jade, who once was rising beauty influencer and YouTuber, was under fire in 2019 after her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, participated in the college admissions scandal. They were just a pair of many other parents who were accused of paying $25 million to William “Rick” Singer to get their children into elite universities such as Stanford and Yale.
The scheme involved bribing athletic coaches as well as bribing entrance exam administrators to falsify SAT and ACT answers. Federal prosecutors charged over 50 people.
Prosecutors released photos that appeared to show Olivia Jade and her older sister, Isabella Giannulli, posing as athletes for their college applications. Court documents alleged that the two posed on rowing machines as part of the scheme.
Both Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded guilty in May 2020, which ended in Loughlin being sentenced to two months in jail and Giannulli receiving five months.
“I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process,” Loughlin said in a statement before the court. “In doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass.”
The two have since been released from prison. Olivia Jade was quiet on social media amid the scandal and lost multiple brand deals. And this past December, Olivia Jade appeared on Red Table Talk to address the scandal and apologize. She stated back in May how she was “publicly shamed.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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