Mossimo Giannulli, Lori Loughlin’s fashion designer partner, was released from home detention early yesterday after spending five months in prison for his part in the college admissions scandal. Loughlin is now said to be “determined” to save her marriage after her husband emerged from prison as a “changed” man.
“Mossimo has been out of jail for almost five months. “Prison took its toll on him,” a source told In Touch Weekly. “He doesn’t need pity, but he’s also dealing with the aftermath of his ordeal. It really shattered him and forced him to rethink his life.”
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Last year, Giannulli and Loughlin pleaded guilty to allegations that they paid $500,000 in bribe money to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California crew squad, despite the fact that neither girl had ever rowed before. Loughlin was sentenced to two months in jail and released in December.
“Lori and the girls were overjoyed to see him return, but it was bittersweet,” the source continued. “There were a lot of tears and hugging, but he’s a different person now. Lori was terrified to see her one-time protector in such bad shape.”
Loughlin is “determined” to get her and Giannulli’s marriage back on track now that Giannulli has returned home.
“She needs them to recover and be stronger from this nightmare experience, no matter what it takes, therapy, counseling,” the source added. “Now it’s just about taking small measures. They’re preparing for a family vacation in the near future. Their main goals are to recover their trust, get back out into the world, and do better. They admit that they had a fortunate upbringing and that they made mistakes. This served as a major wake-up call.”
Another source said Loughlin was “stressed” about her husband after he was released from prison in December.
“This nightmare won’t be over until Mossimo is published as well. Lori, on the other hand, seems to be optimistic,” this source said at the time.
Loughlin rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s as Aunt Becky on the TV show “Full House,” and she was set to reprise the part on the Netflix reboot “Fuller House” when the scandal erupted. It’s unclear if she’ll be able to restart her acting career now that the controversy is over.