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Olivia Jade Breaks Silence on Mom Lori Loughlin's College Admissions Scandal - 10 Biggest Bombshells From 'Red Table Talk'

Olivia Jade Breaks Silence on Mom Lori Loughlin's College Admissions Scandal - 10 Biggest Bombshells From 'Red Table Talk'

Lori Loughlin‘s daughter Olivia Jade is breaking her silence and telling her story on Red Table Talk.

The episode kicked off with the hosts – Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris – having a discussion about white privilege, specifically speaking to a white woman who comes from privilege coming to three black women to discuss this major issue.

But let’s start at the beginning. If you don’t know, Olivia‘s parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, were arrested for their roles in the college admissions scandal.

Lori and Mossimo were accused of paying $500,000 to have their daughters admitted to University of Southern California (USC) as members of the crew team, despite the fact that they did not participate in crew. Bella, 22, and Olivia Jade, 21, were not charged.

A lot of the conversation revolved around privilege and how Olivia first viewed the situation as not a huge deal and didn’t understand why it was wrong.

Click inside to see the biggest takeaways from Olivia Jade’s tell-all interview, as well as the video of the interview…

Olivia admits what her parents did was very wrong, but she wants a second chance to redeem herself

“It’s been hard. You don’t want to see your parents go to prison. I think it’s necessary for us to move on and more forward…I think that what hasn’t been super public is that there is no justifying or excusing what happened. Cause what happened was wrong. And I think every single person in my family can be like, ‘that was messed up. That was a mistake.’ But I think what’s so important to me is learn from the mistake. Not to now be, shamed and punished and never be given a second chance. Because I’m 21, I think I deserve a second chance to redeem myself, to show I’ve grown.”

She has not spoken to (or seen) her mom or dad since they arrived in prison

“I actually haven’t spoken to either of them. There’s a quarantine phase, just because of COVID, so I think that’s the reason. I just haven’t heard anything. So I’m just waiting. I’m super close with my parents, especially my mom. She’s my best friend. So it’s definitely been really hard not being able to talk to her. I know she’s strong….she really gets to re-think everything that happened. Kind of figure out what she wants to do with what she has learned through all of this.”

On hearing about the scandal for the first time while on Spring Break

“I just remember getting a call [asking if I had talked to my mom.] I had this really weird gut feeling….I knew any second everyone everyone was gonna know too. I remember just like, freezing and feeling so ashamed. I went home and hid myself for probably three or four months. School was still in session…and although I didn’t 100% understand what had happened, cause there was a lot that when I was applying, I was not fully aware of what was going on.”

“I remember feeling embarrassed, ashamed…I never went back [to school]. I was too embarrassed. I shouldn’t have been there in the first place, clearly. SO there was no point [going back.]”

On not wanting to be a victim

“I’m not trying to victimize myself. I don’t want pity. I don’t deserve pity. We messed up. I just want a second chance to be like ‘I recognize I messed up.’”

On why she waited until now to speak out

“For so long, I wasn’t able to talk about this, because of the legalities behind it. I never got to say, ‘I’m really sorry that this happened.’ or ‘I really own that this was a big mess up on everybody’s part.’”

On how this impacted her emotionally

“I felt mostly, like, embarrassed and ashamed. From looking from an outsider you can say…I lost brand deals, I lost followers, but I really felt moved by the fact that we did all of this and were so ignorant. And I feel like a huge part of having privilege is not knowing you have privilege. And so, when it was happening, it didn’t feel wrong…I was in my own little bubble, focusing about my own comfortable world…I never had to look outside that bubble.”

“The picture that has been painted of me…is not who I am. I’m not this bratty girl…I understand why people say hurtful things. I think I had to go through the backlash and stuff. When you read it, you realize there’s some truth in it. I understood that people were upset and angry and maybe it took me a little longer to [understand] what for.”

Olivia Jade didn’t understand why people were angry at the time

“When this first came out, I didn’t really understand what was wrong with this. I didn’t realize at the time that’s privilege. [I just thought] ‘This is what everyone does.’

Olivia Jade was not angry at her parents for their crimes

“To be honest, I wasn’t angry. And I think it’s because I didn’t have a good understanding of what just happened. I didn’t see the wrong in it. Like, 100% honest, when it first happened…I was like ‘Why is everybody complaining? I’m confused what we did?’”

“And that’s embarrassing to admit. That I walked around my whole 20 years of life not realizing like…. You have insane privilege. You’re like the poster child of white privilege and you had no idea. And so, although I’ve had a really strong relationship…I was definitely confused when this all came out.”

“They didn’t really have much to say except ‘I’m so sorry. I like really messed up to give the best to you and your sister. So I know they’re good people and I know, I’m not going to judge them for a mistake they made. And although it’s a big one. They’re gonna pay the price for it. And regardless of what people say…I know they’ve struggled.”

On why her parents chose USC for the scandal

“I really believe my dad has attachment issues and didn’t want us to leave California for starters. I think he just loves his kids…and wanted them close.

Olivia then explained that her mom was in Canada to film a movie while Olivia was away, so her dad mostly handled the college applications with his daughters.

“I think having us close to home was a big one. I think, knowing that he knew a lot of people that went there…he was so tunnel vision on ‘I just want my kids to have a good college experience.’”

On what she remembers writing on her college applications

“I worked my ass off in high school. I really did care, I was always a very involved student. I put a lot of trust in a person who claimed their profession was college counseling. I wasn’t aware of what was going on. When this did come out, I was a little confused when I saw stuff about what I had written on my application. And I remember writing on my application about my YouTube channel…there was a lot of it that I was like ‘whoa.’”

“I just want people to know…in their heads, ‘everybody has a college counselor and I’m just going to donate to a school like all my friends did with their kids.’ And what’s crazier is that so many people in our area don’t recognize that it’s wrong. Although it took a crazy experience for me and my family to realize that, I’m happy that we do. When I have kids, that’ll never happen. I just want to move forward.”

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