Lori Loughlin and Daughters Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli Were ‘Best Friends’ Before College Admissions Scam

A trying time. Lori Loughlin’s relationship with her daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli, is strained after her alleged involvement in a nationwide college admissions scam, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

“Lori and her daughters were so close, like three best friends more than a traditional mother-daughter situation,” the insider explains. “Lori always seemed perfect. She is humble, gracious and kind and her daughters are also so sweet, friendly and well-mannered. It’s clear Lori raised them well.”

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Olivia Jade Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Isabella Rose Giannulli celebrates the Olivia Jade X Sephora Collection Palette Collaboration Launching Online at Sephora.com on December 14, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Sephora Collection

The Fuller House star, 54, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were arrested in March after they allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.” The pair were each released on a $1 million bond.

Olivia, 19, and Bella, 20, both attended the University of Southern California at the time the scandal broke, but a source later told Us that the YouTube star “has withdrawn physically” from the university due to fear of bullying.

A second insider told Us last month that Loughlin is “mortified” by the scandal, but is more so “worried for her daughters’ future” than her own. A third source added that the beauty guru is “not talking to her parents right now” and “feels she is the victim,” as she has lost brand deals with TRESemmé and Sephora as a result of her parents’ alleged actions.

The source explained, “Olivia blames her mom and dad for this scandal and for the downfall of her career.”

Loughlin and Mossimo, 55, are set to appear in federal court on Wednesday, April 3. Felicity Huffman, another celebrity who also allegedly participated in the scam, is also set to appear before a judge on Wednesday.

With reporting by Brody Brown

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