After three years of dating, Florence Pugh revealed that she and Zach Braff ended their relationship.
The couple started dating for the first time in 2019 after working together on the short film In time of need, and their 21-year age gap plus their penchant for privacy quickly made them the focus of paparazzi, tabloid headlines, and derogatory comments from fans. Pugh explained in an interview for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar that she finds the whole scene surrounding their relationship completely cruel and unnecessary. “Whenever I feel like that line has been crossed in my life, whether it’s paparazzi capturing private moments or moments that aren’t even real or gossip channels promoting encouraging the public to share private moments of celebrities walking down the street, I think that’s just wrong,” she said. “I don’t think people, just because they have this job, that every aspect of their life should be watched and written about. We haven’t signed up for a reality TV show yet.”
That’s why when she and Rub the star decided to end their relationship earlier this year, they try to “do this separation without the world knowing, because it’s a relationship where everyone has an opinion”, she said. “We just feel like something like this is really going to do us the benefit of not having millions of people tell us how happy they are when we’re not together. So we’re together. I did it. I automatically got a lump in my throat when I talked about it.”
But before the couple went their separate ways, they collaborated on a movie called A good man, which Braff wrote specifically for Pugh in mind for the lead role. She said, “The movie that we made together was probably one of my favorite experiences. It feels like a very natural and easy thing to do. “The project also gave her a clear understanding of the type of acting career she wants to cultivate. I won’t accept it anymore.”
One thing Pugh never accepted was rude comments directed towards her relationshipcalling out her own fans in a video posted on Instagram in June 2020 for their “appalling” and “hostile” behavior towards Braff. “I don’t need you to tell me who I should and shouldn’t love, and I will never in my life tell anyone who they can and can’t love. It is not your place. It has nothing to do with you,” she said at the time.