Florence Pugh Has No Time For People Judging Her Relationship With Zach Braff

by Julie Scagell
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Florence Pugh is speaking out about what the public thinks of her relationship with actor Zach Braff

Florence Pugh has some words for people who judge her relationship with actor and director Zach Braff. She opened up to the Sunday Times, saying that she’s received hate from people who believe the 25-year-old shouldn’t be dating someone who is 21 years her senior.

The Black Widow star tells the paper: “I think it bugs people that it’s not who they expected,” she said of Braff, who she’s been linked to Pugh since mid-2019. “I’m 24 years old,” she continued. “I do not need you to tell me who I should and should not love. It is not your place, and really, it has nothing to do with you.”

She also talked about receiving negative comments on social media when she posts anything about her boyfriend. “About 70% of the comments were hurling abuse, being horrid, and basically bullying someone on my page,” Pugh said. “I will not allow that behavior on my page.” Pugh has disabled comments on all social media posts, both with and without Braff.

Pugh has received acclaim for her recent work on Midsommar, Little Women, and The Little Drummer Girl, and says she’s been working since she age 17, another reason people should back off and understand she knows what she wants.

“I’m 24 years old,” she said. “I have been working since I was 17 years old. I have been earning money since I was 17 years old. I became an adult when I was 18 years old, and I started paying taxes when I was 18 years old. I’ll underline this fact: I am 24 years old. I do not need you to tell me who I should and should not love, and I would never in my life ever, ever tell anyone who they can and cannot love. It is not your place, and really it has nothing to do with you.”

She continued on the social media bullying: “It’s so weird to me to go on to someone’s page and shit on it,” Pugh said. “That’s so not my nature — to go and bully for the sake of bullying. It’s such an odd thing that we’ve become OK with in the past 10 years of social media.

The thing is, people want Instagram to be a nicer place,” she continued. “They want to see nice things. They want to be inspired and they want to be happy.”

“But it’s my life,” Florence said, “and I’m not doing anything to please people or to make it a better headline or story.” She concluded: “I want to also be a person!”

She recently posted a sweet birthday message to Braff, saying in part, “His need to make people laugh and smile is never ending, his constant generosity and love for others is infectious, his creativity and ability to put real and honest words onto the page inspires many and all who’s around him, but above all.. his appreciation for life and excitement for LIVING is something I always take note of.”

“I don’t mind you not liking me,” she added. “That’s absolutely fine. In which case, don’t follow me.”