In the wake of the college admissions scandal, influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli is reportedly planning to take a year off from social media to let things cool off while she works on rebuilding her brand.
Giannulli, a lifestyle influencer with over a million followers on Instagram and YouTube each, found herself in the news for all the wrong reasons earlier this year, when the news broke that a number of individuals had paid the founder of a college-prep business to get their children admitted into elite colleges.
Giannulli’s parents, actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among the accused, charged with fraud, bribery, and money laundering for allegedly paying $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose admitted to the University of Southern California (USC). However, the two pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Whether Olivia Jade knew and was complicit with the alleged fraud remains unclear. However, since the news broke, there have been reports of a rift between the social media influencer and her parents – following the scandal, she dropped out of USC, moved out of her parents’ house, and is currently looking for ways to rebuild her brand after losing deals with TRESemmé and Sephora.
Part of the rebuilding process appears to be a social media break. While this has not been confirmed by Giannulli herself, the influencer’s friend and fellow YouTuber Tana Mongeau recently stated that Giannulli has openly said she is “not gonna post on social media for the next year.” Given that Giannulli has not posted anything on social media since the scandal erupted in March, the hiatus appears to be a real plan.
However, considering that her social media following, on both Instagram and YouTube, has hardly diminished, it appears Giannulli might not find it too difficult to move on from the scandal.