It's been four months since Lori Loughlin's life irrevocably changed.

The Full House actress and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were two of several parents arrested in March of this year in connection to an alleged nationwide college exam cheating scandal—dubbed Operation Varsity Blues by the Feds—and indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The indictment alleged that Loughlin and her husband had "agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters [Isabella Rose Giannulli, 20, and Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19] designated as recruits to the USC crew team—despite the fact that they did not participate in crew—thereby facilitating their admission to USC."

After rejecting a plea deal that would've required both to spent two years in prison—a route fellow accused actress Felicity Huffman went down, leaving her to await sentencing on September 13—the couple were hit with a new superseding charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering and now face up to 40 years in jail. Both formally pleaded not guilty on April 15. 

When news of the scandal was still fresh, Loughlin's life was, predictably, turned upside down. Hallmark cut ties completely with the actress, editing her out of the sixth season of When Calls the Heart, which had already completed filming, and canceling her Garage Sale Mysteries film series outright. Netflix followed suit shortly after, leaving Fuller House to figure out how to explain Aunt Becky's absence for the entirety of its fifth and final season, due later this year.

Her home life was said to be equally distressing, with younger daughter Olivia, a burgeoning beauty influencer, said to be "furious" with her parents as their alleged misdeeds brought an abrupt end to what was poised to be a promising and lucrative career, leaving a once-tight family bond on the rocks. "Olivia is furious with her parents and it's going to take a lot to repair their relationship," a source shared with E! News at the time. "She blames them entirely and feels they have ruined her career."

Olivia Jade, Lori Loughlin, Bella Giannulli

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Both daughters went into crisis mode, leaving their many followers on social media in the dark as they sent their accounts into prolonged hiatuses. "The girls are devastated and scared for their parents to take the fall," an insider previously shared. "They have been advised not to talk to anyone and are only in communication with their lawyers and their family."

While Olivia moved out of the family home in May to focus both on her mental health and "rebuilding her business," as a source explained at the time, Loughlin and her husband were facing strain in their marriage, as well. Despite both pleading not guilty, "they are blaming each other and disagreeing on things," an insider revealed. "They are starting to turn on each other and there is incredible stress and tension." Noting that this is "their worst nightmare that they can't wake up from," the insider added, "There have been dark and tense moments. But they know that their backs are up against the wall and they are hoping to get through this together."

With the trial set to begin on August 27, Loughlin and her family have had to spend their summer living under the shadow of an uncertain future. "It's been a long and slow process. The uncertainty is a lot to deal with. They have made an effort to be very low key and don't go out much," a source tells E! News. "Mossimo plays golf and Lori goes to yoga. They go down to Orange County to see friends or away for the weekend. The next court date isn't for a while and Lori obviously feels like their future is up in the air. They haven't made any plans and their lives are on hold while they are dealing with this. She is looking forward to knowing her fate and being able to deal with it. Right now they are just in limbo."

Despite the uncertainty of it all, life has had to go on. And that meant celebrating Loughlin's birthday this past weekend—the disgraced actress turned 55 on July 28. What might have once been an occasion to go all out gave way to something a bit more demure. "She went to church in the morning with Mossimo and then had a small gathering at her house with family and a few friends," an insider revealed. "The community of people at church have been supportive and very important to them. Friends dropped by the house in the afternoon and stayed until evening. It was very low key and quiet."

Lori Loughlin, Olivia Jade Giannulli, Mossimo Giannulli, Isabella Giannulli


And while tensions were once running high between Loughlin and her daughters, there was some good news to report. "Both girls were there and everyone seemed happy to be there," our source added. In fact, both Bella and Olivia returned to Instagram after months of complete radio silence for the occasion, wishing their mom a happy birthday. 

"They are just trying to get back to normal as much as they possibly can while they wait for the trial," our insider explained. "The girls took a social media hiatus but they are ready to move on and to live their lives again. They love their mom and dad and want to get back to all the things they were doing before this happened. They are trying to put this behind them and get on with their lives. They don't want to sit around and think about it anymore."

While the family is trying their hardest not to dwell on the potential bad news coming their way once the trial gets underway next month, Loughlin has found that she has a support system of ride-or-dies, her Fuller House family included, who aren't going anywhere—regardless of what happens. "Lori has friends and family who are supportive and will always love her no matter what," our source shared. "They may have made mistakes but her friends for life are still always going to be there for her."

As for her relationship with her husband, new court documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Boston have given us some insight into how their relationship is faring—at least as far as the case is concerned. And despite their earlier tension and blaming of one another for their current nightmare, neither are taking the opportunity to turn on the other to save themselves. Rather, they are expected to waive their right to separate attorneys and state that they understand the potential for conflicts of interest.

"Giannulli and Loughlin are innocent of the charges brought against them and are eager to clear their names," the documents state. "And they believe their interests will be advanced most effectively by presenting a united front against the Government's baseless accusations."

Whether that'll lead them to the outcome they're hoping for remains to be seen. And until then, life in limbo goes on.

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