Hi Again: Olivia Jade Breaks YouTube Silence

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Olivia Jade‘s YouTube return is finally here. The influencer and former USC student posted her first vlog since the College Admissions Scandal in March, a two-minute video explaining that she can’t comment on the scandal or her mother’s involvement.

“Obviously, I’ve been gone for a really long time, and as much as I wish I could talk about all of this — it’s really hard for me to say this just because I know that it’s something that needs to be addressed,” Olivia says in the video. “It’s just, unfortunately, which is also why I didn’t know exactly when I should come back to YouTube, um, but the reason for that is just because I’m legally not allowed to speak on anything going on right now.”

ICYMI, Olivia’s parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli were charged with bribery, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit mail fraud for allegedly paying half-a-million dollars to guarantee Olivia and her sister Isabella’s admission to the University of Southern California. The girls are no longer enrolled at USC, and their parents face up to 50 years in prison. Lori and Mossimo have pled not guilty to the charges and are set to contest them in court.

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In her latest vlog, Olivia explained that she’s been debating her return for seven or eight months because YouTube is her passion, and she’s missed interacting with her fans.

“This is the best I can do and I want to move on with my life. It’s so hard because I’m not trying to make this about me or how I’ve been because that’s not the point of this,” Olivia continued. “Though I’m terrified to make this video and to come back, I know that I also want to start taking smaller steps in the right direction.”

At the end of the day, Olivia is just a 20-year-old girl who’s been caught up in her parents’ (alleged) bad decision making. Hopefully, she’s used this time away from the tiny screen to reflect on her privilege and grow as a human being. Regardless of how you feel about her parents, it’s super brave for Olivia to come back into the limelight (and super cowardly to send a stranger anonymous online hate). Welcome back, Olivia!

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