On Monday (April 6), Florence Pugh took to Instagram to wish her boyfriend, Zach Braff, a very happy birthday. She shared a photo of Braff snuggling up with cute dog alongside a sweet message dedicated to her longtime love. Not long after she posted the birthday message, Pugh shut off the comments due to a high volume of hateful comments directed towards Braff. While Pugh and Braff rarely comment on their relationship publicly, Pugh shared an emotional video defending Braff from trolls on Wednesday (April 8).
In the video, Pugh asked her followers to stop hurling "hateful" comments at Braff because of their 21-year age gap. "70 percent of the comments [were] hurling abuse and being horrid," a clearly upset Pugh said. “It makes me upset. It makes me sad that during this time when we really all need to be together, we need to be supporting one another, we need to be loving one another—the world is aching, the world is dying—a few of you decided to bully for no reason.”
"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," she added. "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 someone who they can and cannot love," Pugh continued. "It is not your place. It has nothing to do with you."
"The abuse that you throw at him is abuse that you're throwing at me, and I don't want those followers. I don't want that on my page. It's embarrassing, it's sad and I don't know when cyber bullying became trendy," she concluded before asking anybody who doesn't approve of her relationship to unfollow her.
Pugh began dating 45-year-old Braff in April 2019 after meeting on the short film, In the Time It Takes To Get There. The project was developed and directed by Braff, while Pugh co-starred in the film with Alicia Silverstone.