Olivia Jade Giannulli is speaking publicly for the first time since her parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli went to prison over the college admissions scandal, joining Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris’ Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch.

    The infamous influencer revealed she hasn’t spoken to either of her parents since they went to prison (possibly because of quarantining, she hasn’t heard), but before they went her family “definitely did” talk about what they did. The ensuing conversation between the four women centered on white privilege, with Adrienne specifically bringing up that she feels Olivia will be fine post-scandal, but there are other people who wouldn’t be.

    “I’m not trying to…victimize myself. I don’t want pity. I don’t deserve pity. We messed up. I just want a second chance to be like ‘I recognize I messed up’ and for so long I wasn’t able to talk about this because of the legalities behind it. I never got to say ‘I’m really sorry that this happened’”

    Olivia Jade admitted she didn’t understand why what her family did to get her into USC was even wrong at first. “I was like, ‘Why is everybody complaining?'” she said. “That’s embarrassing within itself, that I walked around my whole 20 years of life not realizing, ‘You have insane privilege. You’re like the poster child of white privilege. You had no idea.'”

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    Before Olivia said her piece, Jada, Adrienne, and Willow talked amongst themselves about the white privilege involved in even giving Olivia Jade a huge public platform to speak, which is a valid and important point to bring up. Adrienne was not not in favor of it, but Jada called it a “practice of compassion.”

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    Olivia Jade continued to discuss the scandal in the ensuing 30 minutes.

    “I think that what hasn’t been super public is that there is no justifying or excusing what happened, cause what happened was wrong and I think every single person in my family can be like, ‘That was messed up. That was a big mistake.’ But I think what’s so important to me is to learn from the mistake. Not to now be shamed and punished and never given a second chance. Because I’m 21, I feel like I deserve a second chance to redeem myself, to show I’ve grown.”

    She even walked the Red Table through how she first found out that her parents were in legal trouble.

    “I just remember getting a call and it was like, ‘Hey, Liv. Have you talked to your mom?’ And I was like, ‘No, why?’ And they were like, ‘Well, I’ll just let you talk to her and then call me back.’ And so I hung up the phone and I had this really weird gut feeling. I didn’t know what she was talking about but I was like I’m just gonna search my mom’s name up. Then, it’s everywhere. And I was sitting with a group of friends and I knew any second everybody was gonna know too, if they didn’t already. And I remember just freezing and feeling so ashamed. I went home and hid myself for probably like three or four months.”

    Olivia was still enrolled in USC at the time but has unsurprisingly left the school since. “I never went back, I was too embarrassed,” she confirmed. “And you know what, I shouldn’t have been there in the first place clearly. So there was no point in me trying to go back.”

    For more anecdotes from this interview, check out the latest episode of Red Table Talk:

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