Lori Loughlin still doesn't think she's guilty, but she's "ready" for the college admissions scandal "to be over."
People's cover story this week examines where the former "Fuller House" actress stands as she continues to await her fate in the international scandal, with sources telling the outlet that "she has definite regrets" when it comes to how she allegedly got both of her daughters into the University of Southern California.
"She's embarrassed and hurt," one insider said. "She knows that her reputation has been ruined for life. But she also believes that the allegations against her aren't true."
"She honestly didn't think what she was doing was any different than donating money for a library or athletic field," the insider added. "That's the crux of why she pleaded not guilty."
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of spending $500,000 to get both of their daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella Rose, into USC under the false pretenses that they were women's crew recruits. They pleaded not guilty to charges this spring, declining a plea deal that would've offered lesser possible jail time.
"They weren't ready to accept that," the People source said.
While she still maintains her innocence, Loughlin "is ready for this to be over."
"They all are. At this point, it would be better to spend a few months in jail -- because she's been spending the last several months in her own prison," the insider added.
With Loughlin expected to be given jail time, the People source said that her daughters will "be the first ones to visit her if she does have to spend time" behind bars, despite months of speculation that the family was being torn apart by the scandal.
"Bella still lives at home, and Olivia has her own place but they both have a big group of friends," a longtime friend of Loughlin said of the young women. "None of their friends have turned on them. It’s the opposite."
Loughlin is expected to return to court on August 27. She and her husband each face up to 40 years behind bars.