Florence Pugh Says All the Criticism on Her Relationship With Zach Braff Is Belittling to
"I'm 24 and I can't choose who I love."
Florence Pugh and Zach Braff took their time making their relationship official, but fans and internet sleuths alike were in on the love story before the two posted their first couples' Instagram post.
While their age difference became social media fodder, Pugh is 24 and Braff is 45, the pair has managed to not let the criticism get in the way of their adorable relationship. From a trip to Disneyland, to unlikely family friendships, and a very cute dog here's everything to know, about their relationship.
Braff casts Pugh in his short film, In The Time It Takes to Get There. Plus, he starts to like posts on her Instagram feed, which is definitely the first step in any modern-day love story. On Twitter, Braff calls Pugh a "movie star."
I watched an incredible film last night that I cannot stop thinking about: “Lady Macbeth” starring @Florence_Pugh . Beautifully directed, shot, acted etc. It’s very upsetting, so be forewarned. Florence is a movie star.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) August 23, 2018
In The Time It Takes to Get There officially gets released. It stars Pugh and Alicia Silverstone and just as the short film hits the internet, Braff and Pugh are spotted together in New York City. The relationship comes after Braff split with model Taylor Bagley. They dated for five years.
Twitter is on the case.
So Florence Pugh is definitely dating Zach Braff, right? He just Insta Storied a photo of her playing guitar in his apartment.
— 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞 (@necrothot) April 8, 2019
Braff posts a photo with Game of Thrones actor Toby Sebastian. No big deal, right? Well, he happens to be Pugh's older brother.
A post shared by Zach Braff (@zachbraff) on Jun 7, 2019 at 10:19am PDT
The two are spotted together at a wedding in the U.K.
guys, i’m sorry but if i had to see it you have to see it too.... florence pugh and zach braff at a wedding in the uk yesterday pic.twitter.com/Dn0NyZjJgW
— lale (@nosebleedwoman) August 5, 2019
They also post very similar photos from Spain. While things aren't official, they're suspiciously close to it.
A post shared by Florence Pugh (@florencepugh) on Aug 17, 2019 at 10:11am PDT
Pugh makes her debut on Braff's Instagram feed. His caption? "People I love." That's quite the statement. A source told Page Six, "It was very clear to me that they're a couple."
A post shared by Zach Braff (@zachbraff) on Oct 9, 2019 at 11:25pm PDT
They make their official Instagram debut a month later. Braff shares a snapshot from a day at Disney California Adventure Park. That same month, they both attend the L.A. premiere of Marriage Story, only they don't actually get photographed together.
A post shared by Zach Braff (@zachbraff) on Nov 7, 2019 at 6:17pm PST
The same thing happens at the premiere of Pugh's flick Little Women. They both go to the NYC premiere, but they're not snapped together. Fans don't get the red carpet debut they so desperately want.
An official relationship post wouldn't come until the end of the month. Braff comments on one of Pugh's IG posts. A troll writes, "You're 44 years old," and Pugh claps back, writing "and yet he got it."
A post shared by Florence Pugh (@florencepugh) on Dec 27, 2019 at 10:39pm PST
People reports that the two celebrate Pugh's Oscar nomination. She's up for Best Supporting Actress. The magazine also reports that Braff and Pugh are set to work together again. He'll direct her in the upcoming film The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola.
There's still no red carpet debut. Pugh attends the Academy Awards with her parents.
According to People, the couple is seen prepping for the coronavirus lockdown at an L.A. Whole Foods. Pugh was sitting on the back of Braff's motorcycle.
Both Pugh and Braff post about a foster puppy named Billie that they're keeping safe and sound during the coronavirus pandemic. Billie makes an appearance in Pugh's celebratory birthday post for Braff.
"Today we shall smile wider than the clouds are grey. April 6th and we’re celebrating hard! Happy Birthday wishes, boogies and cheers for this special person. Raise those bubbles and jiggle!" she wrote.
A post shared by Florence Pugh (@florencepugh) on Apr 6, 2020 at 9:58am PDT
Almost immediately, she has to defend her relationship from online critics.
"On Monday, I posted a photo in honor of Zach's birthday and I wrote a birthday message underneath. Within about eight minutes of the photo being posted, I had about 70 percent of the comments hurling abuse and being horrid — basically bullying someone on my page," she said in an IGTV post. "It is the first time in my entire Instagram life that I’ve had to turn off the comments on my page. I’ve never been an Instagram page that encourages that. I’ve never been an Instagram page that likes that toxic vibe."
"The abuse that you throw at him is abuse that you are throwing at me, and I don't want those followers. I do not want to have to be protecting my comments every time I post a picture of him. I really hope that I can continue this relationship with a lot of you," she finished.