Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli were a celebrity power couple long before their arrest in the college admission bribery scandal last month.
Loughlin and Giannulli have become household names after both were arrested in March for allegedly bribing college officials to get their daughters into the University of Southern California. While fans know each of them from separate and successful ventures, their relationship was not always at the forefront of public life.
Loughlin is best known for her role as Aunt Becky from Full House and, more recently, Fuller House on Netflix. The actress has taken on a number of other roles, some of which are iconic and unforgettable. Meanwhile, Giannulli is a fashion designer known for building what would become a signature brand for Target stores everywhere.
In the midst of all this success, the two parents stand accused of a serious crime, and the consequences could change their lives and the lives of their family forever. Loughlin and Giannulli are two of the 33 parents accused of hiring William Singer, a college admission consultant, to pay bribes to school officials to get their kids in.
According to federal prosecutors, Loughlin and Giannulli paid half a million dollars — one of the biggest single sums in the case — to get their daughters admitted into the university as crew team members. Neither of their daughters participated in the sport once they were at the school.
The case has been emotional, as some sympathize with Loughlin, in a way, for doing everything in her power to help out her kids. Others are horrified by the idea of such an egregious use of power and influence at the expense of other students.
Here is a look at the parents behind the alleged scandal.
Loughlin and Giannulli eloped in the November of 1997. As Loughlin explained to Entertainment Tonight last year, it was just two days before Thanksgiving, and they decided to give their friends and family a surprise.
“We had Moss' best friend and a minister meet us, and we got married at sunrise and then we went to Thanksgiving dinner and we told everybody,” she said. "We had talked about doing a wedding and we just thought, 'Let's get up and let's go do it.'”
Loughlin had previously been married to Michael Burns from 1989 to 1996.
Less than a year later, the couple welcomed their first child. Bella Giannulli was born on Sept. 16, 1998. The couple's elder daughter was the first to go off to the University of Southern California, allegedly on the strength of her parents' bribe.
A year after that, Loughlin and Giannulli completed their family with their youngest daughter, Olivia Jade Giannuli. She was born on Sept. 28, 1999. Olivia Jade has gotten much more attention than her sister in the case, primarily because she operated a successful YouTube page as a fashion and make-up expert.
While they raised their family, life was good to Loughlin and Giannulli. Giannulli's company, Mossimo, had been founded in 1986. In 1996, he went public with an initial public offering, but soon found himself adapting to a changing market.
Mossimo partnered with Target in 2000. Giannulli signed a major multi-product licencing agreement to the tune of $27.8 million. In 2006, the company was acquired by Iconix Brand Group. Mossimo products still line the shelves in Target stores today.
Meanwhile, Loughlin's TV success continued well after Full House ended in 1995. The actress went on to appear in many shows, TV movies and a few larger feature films. She had longer runs on shows like Summerland, 90210 and In Case of Emergency.
In the last few years, Loughlin began working more regularly with the Hallmark Channel. The actress appeared in 17 TV movies as well as the TV series When Calls the Heart. At the same time, she reprised her role as Aunt Becky when Netflix rebooted Full House in 2016.
In the wake of the scandal, Loughlin has been fired from Fuller House and Lifetime has ceased production on her projects.
In terms of their personal life, Loughlin and Giannulli are deeply in love. In her Entertainment Tonight interview, Loughlin gushed about her husband, showing that they were still going strong more than 20 years later.
"He's my guy, he's my person," she said. "It's communicating, it's listening, it's picking and choosing your battles. It's being flexible, it's all of that."
Giannulli was arrested on March 12, 2019 at the same time as dozens of other wealthy parents around the country. Federal agents found Giannulli at home and he did not put up a struggle as they took him into custody.
Meanwhile, Loughlin was in Canada filming a project for the Hallmark Channel. She flew home upon hearing about the arrest, deleting all of her social media profiles along the way. Back in Los Angeles, she surrendered to federal authorities along with the other suspects.
Loughlin and Giannulli were offered a favorable plea deal that could have gotten them as little two years in prison if they accept, according to a report by TMZ. However, on Tuesday a new charge against Loughlin was added for money laundering. This could drastically increase her sentence to as much as 20 years in prison.
Loughlin and Giannulli have kept relatively silent on the accusations against them. While some of the other parents in the case have already agreed to plea deals, so far Loughlin and Giannulli have not.