Florence Pugh defends age gap with ex Zach Braff, 47: ‘People just didn’t like it’

Florence Pugh has opened up on her breakup with actor and director Zach Braff after three years of dating, and defended their 21-year age gap.

Appearing on the cover of Vogue, the Don’t Worry Darling star took the opportunity to reflect on her relationship with Braff, which ended at the start of 2022

The actress said she is still “figuring out” how to navigate single life, adding, “My breakup has been very new, so I’m figuring that out.”

Despite keeping their relationship lowkey, Pugh, who recently turned 27, and the Scrubs actor, 47, faced constant criticism for their age gap. She theorised people simply “didn’t like” the relationship.

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“We weren’t in anyone’s faces. It was just that people didn’t like it,” she said.

“They imagined me with someone younger and someone in blockbusters. I think young relationships in Hollywood are so easily twisted because they add to the gossip sites. It’s exciting to watch. And I think I was in a relationship that didn’t do any of that.”

The former couple first met through friends but the relationship grew when Braff enlisted Pugh for a short film he was directing for Adobe. It starred Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone alongside Pugh as an 18th-century social media star.

Despite keeping a low profile, they received considerable backlash for their age gap of 21 years.

Pugh, now 27, called out trolls in 2020 after she shared a rare picture of Braffto mark his 45th birthday.

The actress was forced to turn the comments off on her post following a barrage of negative and hateful comments about the age gap.

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At the time, Pugh posted a video to her account defending herself and her relationship:

“I’m 24 years old, 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 underline this fact, I am 24-years-old,” she said.

“I do not need you to tell me who I should and should not love, and I would never in my life ever tell anyone who they can and cannot love.”

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