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
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
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.
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