The former influencer explains she is "legally not allowed to speak on anything" while many fans think she shouldn't be speaking on YouTube at all.
Olivia Jade has marked her return to YouTube after a nearly-nine-month hiatus sparked by the college admissions scandal that is still looming over the heads of her parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, and social media reaction is both passionate and mixed.
That said, many of the commenters to her YouTube video have been calling her out there and on other platforms like Twitter, alleging that Olivia is deleting negative comments ... so that's one way to handle it.
Apparently, the one-time influencer was nervous about returning to the platform and wrestled with the decision for months before making it official on Sunday with a short two-minute post titled "Hi again." In it, she hems and haws about the college scandal that took down her parents and many other wealthy families without going into any specifics.
"As much as I wish I could talk about all of this," she said of the scandal. "It’s really hard for me to say this because I know that it’s something that needs to be addressed, it’s just unfortunately ... I’m legally not allowed to speak on anything going on right now."
That restriction is a huge part of why Olivia wasn't even sure she should come back, but she said she felt she had to because she missed filming and feels like "a huge part of me is just not the same."
In other words, her reasoning is quite simple: " I wanna come back because I wanna come back." And while she's sorry she can't talk about the legal situation her family finds themselves in, she ultimately decided it shouldn't stop her from doing something she's passionate about.
At the same time, she worried that trying to move on and pick up her life where it left off might come across as selfish. "It’s so hard because I’m not trying to like make this about me or how I’ve been because it’s not the point of this," she said, getting visibly frustrated with her own words.
Admitting she was "terrified" to make the video and upload it, Olivia nevertheless promised that she is planning to continue -- with "nervous laughter" -- and revitalize her vlog.
A month ago, Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty to a charge of federal bribery, in with a possible 50 year sentence. The couple are among the dwindling number of accused who are continuing to fight against the charges in the college admission scandal.
They are part of the group of 33 affluent parents originally accused of using Rick Singer's "side door" into elite colleges, who either allegedly paid to have test scores altered, have fake athletic profiles set up, or both.
When the story first broke in March, the pair were accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, crimes that carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.
When they pleaded not guilty, extra charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering were tacked on, doubling the max penalty to 40 years. With the additional charge of federal bribery, the couple could be looking at half a century behind bars.
Felicity Huffman pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, admitting she paid $15k to have her daughter's SAT scores secretly corrected.
She served 11 of the 14 days in prison she was sentenced to. She was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and serve 250 hours of community service.
Fans were mixed in their responses to Olivia Jade's return to the social media platform, though equally passionate on either side of the aisle. While many were supportive of her being able to pick up the pieces of her life and move on, just as many were appalled that she would return at all ... and still more were upset that she seemed to be deleting negative comments to her video. You can't delete Twitter, though:
truly feel bad for olivia jade but one video doesn’t rule out the thousands of students she’s robbed an athletic scholarship from. guess it’s true what they say, no publicity is bad publicity. 10k says the scandal ends up boosting her career 🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/SJ14H1nj7j— natalie (@cerealbananas) December 1, 2019
whys everyone commenting on olivia jade's video saying "we all make mistakes"??? hate when i accidentally give $500,000 for my kids to get into college— emma (@daydremma) December 1, 2019
So we’re just going to forgive Olivia Jade & act like nothing happened ? Her & her family are only “remorseful” because they got caught!!— what zit tooya (@nobodyknows0307) December 1, 2019
can’t believe olivia jade actually came back to youtube without disabling comments— ً (@ammacreIlin) December 1, 2019
olivia jade is deleting all the negative comments on her video 🤡🤡 pic.twitter.com/oVxYKxtDBP— sasquatch (@gisela_txt) December 1, 2019
gotta admit but im so happy olivia jade is back. what happened is honestly so sad and frustrating, but it’s unfair to hold something against someone forever and not let them live. putting the situation aside, i hope olivia is doing well mentally bc no one should have to struggle— rhea luvs jinnie (@taesamaze) December 1, 2019
people are really out here forgiving olivia jade for the shit she did just cause uploaded a video saying she misses youtube and wants to make vlogs again lmao— ً (@mendescentineo) December 1, 2019
Good for Olivia Jade for not coming back and crying to her camera for 30 minutes like so many youtubers would do. She said I can’t talk about the situation for legal reasons but I miss youtube. That’s it. Good for her.— breezy (@bribenzo) December 1, 2019
I miss Olivia Jade so much idc i know her family is shit now but like I love quality rich kid content— breezy (@bribenzo) December 1, 2019
olivia jade posted a video that's a lot of courage i must say pic.twitter.com/9xQqsCvPDs— elle (@chuufaith) December 1, 2019
y’all REALLY OUT HERE saying olivia jade is “so strong” for uploading a 2 min video and still treating her like a victim after what her and her family did .. no words— ً (@steIlabenicia) December 1, 2019
Olivia Jade’s video is kinda heartbreaking tbh😩— Emily Canham🥰 (@EmilyCanham) December 1, 2019
white privilege is readily accepting olivia jade and preaching that everyone makes mistakes when her family literally commited a federal crime and stole the spots of people who busted their ass for 4 years— angelie (@cryberbaby) December 1, 2019
olivia jade posted a youtube video today after 9 months and ive never been happier— Danielle (@daniellecolby15) December 1, 2019
why is olivia jade going back to youtube.... pic.twitter.com/HKzYsykQTQ— lily is seeing harry in 273 days🥺 (@lilyrgibbs) December 1, 2019
No matter which way you look at it, we all do crazy stupid stuff when we’re young. Olivia Jade isn’t any different. Those who are free of sin, cast the first stone..— Sage (@SageCrule) December 1, 2019
Ok but why are so quick to forgive to Olivia jade when her family litterly committed the biggest college scam of the decade!?? I am confusion.— chanlskgiving🏳️🌈 (@chan3l0berlin) December 1, 2019
Olivia Jade makes a video saying how she misses YouTube and suddenly she’s forgiven and the scandal is forgotten 🤦🏻♀️— Haley Hart (@thehaleyh) December 1, 2019
Olivia Jade made her return to YouTube and suddenly life is good again— molly (@udklipa) December 1, 2019
The Olivia Jade Stan community being like, “You can’t hold something over somebody for the rest of their lives” are the same people who get people cancelled for shit said 8 years ago— GEOᖇᗪI ᗰᗩ᙭ᗯEᒪᒪ (@HeCameAsToTo) December 1, 2019
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