The Don't Worry Darling actress, 26, revealed in her cover story for Harper's BAZAAR's September 2022 issue that she and Braff, 47, quietly went their separate ways, hoping to keep the split under wraps to avoid commentary from strangers online.
"We've been trying to do this separation without the world knowing, because it's been a relationship that everybody has an opinion on," said Pugh. "We just felt something like this would really do us the benefit of not having millions of people telling us how happy they are that we're not together. So we've done that."
"I automatically get a lumpy throat when I talk about it," she added.
Pugh also told Harper's BAZAAR she isn't on board with attention on her personal life as a celebrity.
"Whenever I feel like that line has been crossed in my life, whether it's paparazzi taking private moments or moments that aren't even real, or gossip channels that encourage members of the public to share private moments of famous people walking down the street, I think it's incredibly wrong," she said.
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She added, "I don't think that 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."
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The pair was first spotted together in April 2019. This past April, Pugh celebrated Braff's birthday, captioning a series of photos on Instagram, "Happy Birthday Zachary."
"Happy birthday to this beautiful human being. I am so lucky to know you. And the world is so lucky they get to witness your incredible talent," Braff wrote on his Instagram Story alongside a photo of Pugh resting at the edge of a swimming pool.