Olivia Jade Giannulli admits she’s afraid of getting canceled again.
On the first episode of her new podcast Conversations with Olivia Jade, the 22-year-old, who is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars, talks about “cancel culture,” and how it affects mental health. This comes after her family’s involvement with the college admissions scandal.
Olivia’s parents, actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli were both sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in May 2020 to the charges against them stemming from the scandal.
The criminal complaint stated how the couple paid $500,000 to Rick Singer and Key Worldwide Foundation to falsely designate their daughters, Olivia and her older sister Isabella Rose Giannulli as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, but neither ever participated in the sport.
Loughlin, 57, began her prison sentence in October 2020 and served nearly two months before she was released from the federal correctional facility in December. All the while, Giannulli was booked into federal prison on Nov. 19 and was released from home confinement in April, marking the end of his five-month sentence.
Olivia reveals “how different of a person I’ve become because of” her experience, admitting, “and not entirely in a good way sometimes,” meaning she is “way harder on myself” as a result.
She continued on, saying: “I’m so scared of looking up my name and something bad is happening and I’m the face of it and it’s going to be this big thing that blows up in my face again. … People who have experienced it, even if it’s in a different capacity, it’s like you live your life a little bit differently, in my opinion, and you just kind of shut down.”
“You kinda start to believe what people are telling you: You don’t deserve a second chance, there is no room for growth,” she continued. “Not to sound super dark, but how do you bounce back then? Because I wanna be alive, I still wanna grow up. … It’s like ‘don’t exist anymore.’ “
Just last month, Olivia told PEOPLE (the TV Show!), “Obviously I’m not proud of the past,” noting, however, that she’s “still young” and “believes in second chances.”
“I want to keep evolving as a person, and I think sometimes it takes kind of difficult situations and mistakes and stuff that we’re really not proud of to do that,” she said at the time.
“Obviously I wish I could go back in time and kind of do a lot of stuff, but I think it’s kind of important to me now to just keep learning and see where the world takes me.”
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