Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The daughters of Lori Loughlin say the media coverage was “disheartening”
The sisters of Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin are determined to grow up in the public eye without letting negative media attention upset them.
Their parents, the American acting clan, were recently arrested for allegedly paying bribes to have their names removed from college entrance exams.
The siblings, Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose, spoke out in a blog post titled “Your Mom Is Not Mad at You”.
“I actually got teased a lot as a child about my mom, and it kind of sucked because I did love her,” 16-year-old Isabella told students.
“I want them to [enjoy] what they do and not be held back from what they want to do because of the current circumstances.”
Media coverage of the crime has included criticising the quality of the scholarships the couple allegedly stole – including from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri.
Olivia and Isabella were filmed “overcoming negativity” by watching a new movie with their father.
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Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying more than $500,000 to have their daughters’s names taken off college entrance tests.
Prosecutors say that 62 people bought test-cheating services at a company called The Key, which Mr Giannulli used for his own daughters’ college entrance exams.
Both parents, who are accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, have denied the allegations.
Isabella wrote in her blog post that the family’s friends and family did not care that she was “in the spotlight”.
“What was harder, honestly, was seeing my friends dealing with stress and depression and their parents not knowing how to handle it or who to talk to,” she wrote.
“It really was frustrating and really sad.”
She said she thought of herself as a normal teenager and struggled to relate to the pressures of being in the media.
However, her mum was determined not to let the situation affect her daughters.
“Mom wasn’t going to let the media hurt us in the way it hurt her. She taught us that it wasn’t ‘what if’ this time, because we were able to move on,” Isabella wrote.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Olivia Jade Giannulli is a social media star and a YouTube star
Olivia, 16, is a social media star with more than 1.5 million Instagram followers and 1.2 million subscribers to her YouTube channel.
She has spoken of her desire to follow in her mum’s footsteps and “work hard”.
“What was more frustrating for me was that I didn’t have the knowledge or motivation to do anything about it,” she said.
In the blog post, Isabella also spoke of being bullied as a child and said the media stories were “very upsetting”.
She believes the entire family will recover from the “hurtful” incident.
“It just wasn’t my parents’ intent to hurt anybody,” she said.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Isabella said her parents had shielded her from “the negative side of Hollywood”.
Her Instagram post received more than 36,000 likes and nearly 600 shares.
“Jaw dropping. So proud of my beautiful sweet gabby and her bravery to “take her punches” #loveyourself,” read a comment.
“Heart broke inside of me for her when she described how much of a sham this scandal was. I wanted her to say ‘This has nothing to do with me’. For the past few days I’ve been trying to put it into perspective. Thank you for opening up a truly delicate topic,” said another.
The Loughlin household has a younger daughter, 20-year-old Emmy, who was nominated for a role in Madam Secretary.
An online petition to have actress Olivia Grant removed from the Academy Awards presentation for her role in Pitch Perfect 3 – in which she voices the character of Principal Anna Kendrick – has so far raised more than £30,000 ($38,400).