Lori Loughlin's daughter Bella Giannulli celebrates 21st birthday while mom awaits trial after fellow actress Felicity Huffman is sentenced to 14 days in prison for involvement in college admissions scandal

  • Loughlin's eldest daughter seemed to keep her mind off the legal drama Tuesday
  • She thanked her friends and 'fans' for their love in a picture post
  • Mom Lori has been silent amid her ongoing legal woes stemming from the college admissions scandal
  • Sister Olivia Jade deleted a flippant Instagram aimed at the media that same day, but did not send her sibling birthday wishes
  • Lori is waiting to go to trial after allegedly forking out $500k to fraudulently secure her daughters spots at USC
  • If convicted, she could face up to 40 years behind bars
  • Her next appearance in court is set for October 2
  • Lori's fellow actress Felicity Huffman was just sentenced to 14-days in prison for her own involvement
  • The Desperate Housewives star paid $15k to doctor her daughter's SAT scores

Though Lori Loughlin might be headed to jail, her eldest daughter Bella Giannulli wasn't worrying about that Tuesday.

Instead the aspiring actress was happily ringing in her 21st birthday.

Bella kept her mind off the drama, instead thanking friends and fans for their love with a series of scenic landscape shots and a vintage photo of her as a child.

Ups and downs: Lori Loughlin's eldest daughter Bella Giannulli celebrated her 21st birthday on Tuesday. Her milestone comes amid tough times for mom, who is currently facing charges from her involvement with the notorious college admissions scandal

Ups and downs: Lori Loughlin's eldest daughter Bella Giannulli celebrated her 21st birthday on Tuesday. Her milestone comes amid tough times for mom, who is currently facing charges from her involvement with the notorious college admissions scandal

Keeping things simple, she paired the pictures with a 'thank u for the love' shout out.

While it's sure her mom was celebrating along with her eldest offspring, she kept her remarks offline.

Lori's been laying low since she plead not guilty to charges stemming from the alleged $500k she and husband Mossimo Giannulli paid to secure college spots for their daughters Olivia, who is 19, and Bella.

While little sister Olivia Jade Giannulli didn't send birthday love, she did deleted a bellicose Instagram post aimed at the media, originally shared in August that same Tuesday.

In the post she flipped off the camera while tagging several media outlets in her caption. 

Celebrating herself: Bella kept her mind off the drama, instead thanking friends and fans for their love with a series of scenic landscape shots and a vintage photo of her as a child
Thanks! Keeping things simple, she paired the pictures with a 'thank u for the love' shout out

Celebrating herself: Bella kept her mind off the drama, instead thanking friends and fans for their love with a series of scenic landscape shots and a vintage photo of her as a child

Olivia Jade Giannulli on Tuesday deleted this bellicose Instagram post aimed at the media

She's got a great attitude! Interestingly, little sister Olivia Jade Giannulli just Tuesday deleted a bellicose Instagram post aimed at the media, originally shared in August

While it is hard to believe the post's disappearance had nothing to do with actress Felicity Huffman's recent sentencing in her case, no exact reason for the delete was given.

It's certain that the Hallmark favorite has been trying to augur her legal outcome after Huffman's case.

Though the wife of William H. Macy received just two weeks in prison for paying $15k to inflate her daughter's SAT scores, Loughlin is alleged to have paid $500k to fraudulently have her daughters admitted to the University of Southern California by claiming membership on the crew team.

Pay to play: Loughlin (above 2018) is alleged to have paid $500k to fraudulently have her daughters admitted to the University of Southern California by claiming membership on the crew team

Pay to play: Loughlin (above 2018) is alleged to have paid $500k to fraudulently have her daughters admitted to the University of Southern California by claiming membership on the crew team

The Fuller House star - who decided to plead not guilty - faces a maximum of 40 years in prison if convicted, but legal observers doubt that a judge would impose such a harsh sentence.

Lori is next set to appear in court on October 2 for a 'status conference.'

Last week Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison following the actress' guilty plea for her involvement in the Varsity Blues college admissions debacle.

The Desperate Housewives actress was full of contrition after of her sentencing, issuing a written statement which said: 'I accept the court’s decision today without reservation'.

Facing the music: Last week Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison following the actress' guilty plea for her involvement in the Varsity Blues college admissions debacle

Facing the music: Last week Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison following the actress' guilty plea for her involvement in the Varsity Blues college admissions debacle

'I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge [Indira] Talwani [of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts] imposed.

'I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.

'I would like to apologize again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions.

'And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.'

Convict: Huffman is seen leaving court holding her husband William H. Macy's hand

Convict: Huffman is seen leaving court holding her husband William H. Macy's hand

Lori Loughlin's daughter Bella celebrates her 21st as mom waits for trial after Huffman sentencing

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