When last we'd checked, Olivia Jade Giannulli was ghosting her parents and had more or less dropped off the grid.
Her parents are probably going to prison for the college bribery scandal, and she didn't want to face any more backlash than she already was.
Now, however, Olivia has changed her tune -- going from grudgingly attending to college to begging USC to take her back. WTF?
According to Us Weekly, Lori Loughlin's younger daughter is just now expressing an interest in getting a college education.
"Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," an insider reveals.
She had never really seemed invested in getting a college degree -- that was something that her parents wanted for her.
"She didn’t get officially kicked out," the source points out.
"And," the insider reports. "She is begging the school to let her back in."
Is this a case of Olivia realizing that her parents are going to prison and deciding that she wants to live their dreams for her?
Apparently, no -- it's something different, and something much smarter.
"She knows they won’t let her in," the source dishes.
"So," the insider explains. "She’s hoping this info gets out."
"She wants to come out looking like she’s changed," the source details.
We all know how overbearing parents -- especially rich ones -- can be.
A lot of people assumed that Olivia was just a pretty face getting shuffled around by her folks.
Now, it seems like she might be more than just a teenage influencer. She's a secret genius.
Olivia wants tog ive the world the impression that she has "learned life lessons and is growing as a person," the source reports.
"So," the insider concludes. "She for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."
Olivia and her sister, Bella, stepped away from school after the college bribery scandal broke earlier this year.
"USC has placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme," the school announced.
"This prevents the students from registering for classes," the statement explained.
The registration ban remains in effect "until they have agreed to participate in the review of their case."
The school says that students are prevented from "withdrawing from the university, or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review."
USC did mention that one of the factors that they would exame would be "plea deals by parents."
It is possible that showing remorse might prompt USC and other schools to show mercy to the students.
This could be especially true for students who were unaware of what their parents did to get them into school.
"Following these case-by-case reviews," the statement promised. "We will take the proper action related to each student’s status."
USC noted that said action mgiht be "up to revoking admission or expulsion."
Like most people, our first impression of Olivia Jade during this scandal is that she's just ... insanely spoiled.
We weren't mad at her -- maybe a little envious, to tell the truth.
Even if she knew everything about what went down, she would have been a minor when her parents hatched this scheme.
Then we felt a little sorry for her after this tanked her brand.
No, she won't starve or anything, because her family is still mega rich.
But it sucks to see her career as an influencer derailed by her parents' actions.
Now, though? If she's really pushing to return to school all in an effort to repair her public image and her brand ... that's smart.
We can respect the hell out of that.