It has been all about the college admissions scandal this week as everyday we hear more and more of the alleged scam that involved numerous parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and the latter’s daughters have reportedly been “devastated” by all that has gone down.
The Full House alum, 54 and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid bribes totaling $500,000 to have their daughters, Isabella “Bella,” 20, and Olivia Jade, 19, designated as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, despite not actually participating in the sport.
“Olivia and Bella are both devastated by what’s happened,” a source tells ET. “It’s been mortifying and frightening for them. They love their parents dearly and realize they only wanted the best for them but they are starting to realize how very serious the charges [against] their parents are at their expense.” The insider adds that the two sisters “never expected their parents to be charged for any crime, let alone one related to them.”
The source continues, “They’ve always seen themselves as a good, honest family that works hard and follows the rules, but everything has changed overnight. The reality of all of this has been devastating.” It also seems like, according to the insider, both girls are “painfully embarrassed,” and have kept themselves indoors.
Plenty of famous faces have chimed in on the scandal, including TV personality Kelly Ripa, who said, “Let me tell you something. As a parent who has gone through this process twice so far, test-taking is a nightmare,” the 48-year-old told her audience on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, March 12. “It is so exhausting … for the student, for the parents, for everybody involved. Particularity if you are my kids’ tutor, I would think it would be exhausting for you as well. You look at this and you go, ‘If you have the money to afford a tutor, you already have an advantage.’”
According to TMZ, Olivia and Bella have already dropped out of USC out of fear of bullying. The makeup brand Sephora has also reportedly cut ties with Olivia. We can expect more updates from this story as the days progress.