Lori Loughlin's Daughters Olivia & Bella Support Their Parents' Decision To Plead Guilty
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli appear likely to spend time behind bars after pleading guilty in their college admissions case. Here's how their daughters are holding up with the news...
On Thursday, news broke that Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli would plead guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges in their bribery scandal.
This shift in strategy means that prison time looks very likely, with Loughlin serving two months and Giannulli serving five months in their proposed plea deal.
Should time behind bars become a reality, the couple's two daughters, Olivia Jade, 20, and Bella, 21, would be without their parents for a brief, but still impactful period of months.
Lori Loughlin's daughters support guilty plea despite prison implications
Reportedly, Olivia and Bella are with their parents on the new decision. Two inside sources confirmed with People that the girls are, at this point, "supportive" of the guilty plea and ready to move on.
"I know that the girls have been very supportive of their parents throughout this whole ordeal and just want them to be happy," one insider told People.
"They realize that this was done to help them, and there is no animosity there. Last I knew, they were encouraging their parents to fight this, but obviously that’s all changed now."
"Olivia and Bella also want it to be over. They agree the plea is the best option," the other source revealed. "They don’t feel like they gave up by accepting a plea — they are doing what's best for their family."
Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli worry for Lori Loughlin
Still, prison time will be a dramatic adjustment on the way to a return to normalcy for the family — after a 15-month saga that's followed a March 2019 arrest.
A source, speaking to US Weekly, added that Olivia and Bella are "devastated" by the impending prison sentence, placing particular emphasis on concern for their mom, Lori, during her imprisonment.
Olivia has remained vocal and publicly supportive of Lori, and recently paid tribute to her in an Instagram Mother's Day post.
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happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there. Thank you God for mine !!!! You are my best friend and have held my hand every day for 20 years making it look like motherhood is an easy job. You are one of a kind. I love you so so so much & cannot wait to give you all the love in the world today & forever. Thank you for being you. You are the most special person to me . I am so blessed to be your daughter and so proud to call you mom. ❤️ I LOVE YOU
"You are my best friend and have held my hand every day for 20 years making it look like motherhood is an easy job," the post reads. "You are the most special person to me. I am so blessed to be your daughter and so proud to call you mom."
On Thursday, Loughlin and Giannulli pled guilty to bribing an admissions consultant with $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California with falsified athletic profiles. Neither Olivia nor Bella are athletes, though.