Florence Pugh and Zach Braff’s three-year relationship ended earlier this year as the “Don’t Worry Darling” actress confirmed the breakup recently. According to People, Pugh confirmed the split with Braff in an interview with Harper’s BAZAAR. Read on to know more.
Florence Pugh stated in her cover story for the September 2022 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR that she and Braff secretly ended their romance in an effort to avoid online criticism from strangers.
“We’ve been trying to do this separation without the world knowing because it’s been a relationship that everybody has an opinion on,” Pugh told Harper’s Bazaar.
“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”, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Florence Pugh and Zach Braff’s Relationship was under criticism
Pugh and Braff’s relationship was always under criticism due to the 21-year-long age gap between them. They always insisted on keeping their relationship private but Pugh often chose to face the haters and trolls head-on.
The couple continued to face criticism but stayed together until earlier this year. Pugh also told Harper’s BAZAAR that she isn’t a fan of the spotlight being placed on her private life as a star.
“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.
“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”, she added.
Pugh and Braff collaborated on the upcoming MGM drama ‘A Good Person’ before their breakup. Pugh plays the lead in a movie that Braff wrote, produced, and directed.
“The movie that we made together genuinely was probably one of my most favorite experiences,” Pugh told Harper’s Bazaar. “It felt like a very natural and easy thing to do.”
Florence Pugh and Zach Braff’s Relationship Timelin
Floren and Zach’s social media interaction started in 2018 when the Scrubs actor tweeted the Pugh for the first time on August 23, 2018. He complimented her on her role in Lady Macbeth.
“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,” he tweeted.
will watch. looking forward to it!— darren (@4pawsdoc) August 23, 2018
It’s unknown if they knew each other in real life at the time. However, it didn’t take long for the pair to begin regularly interacting in the form of liking each other’s Instagram posts. Braff started this.
Rumors about Florence Pugh & Zach Braff’s Romance Sparked in 2019
Braff sparked romance rumors with Pugh in January 2019 when he visited Pugh’s hometown in Oxford, England, and posted a photo of his outing on Instagram. The two weren’t seen together but fans still started speculating that something is going on between the two.
A couple of months later, in March, Florence and Zach started working together when the actress starred in a short film directed by Braff. The movie titled “In The Time It Takes To Get There” made fans believe that it was the possible starting point of their romance.
However, there’s no confirmation this is how they originally fell for each other. Braff also posted behind-the-scenes photos featuring Pugh on social media to further stir up speculations.
The two were then spotted holding hands in public starting in April 2019. They were photographed moving around New York City. Zach then posted a photo with Florence and other industry friends with the caption “People I love” and sparked more rumors.
The Couple became Instagram Official in November 2019
Zach and Florence subtly became “Instagram official” in November 2019 when they posted photos from their visit to Disneyland. Although they were accompanied by other friends at the theme park, fans didn’t want any other confirmation to start calling them a couple.
Later that month, they were also spotted together at the L.A. premiere of Marriage Story. However, the two attended the premiere of Pugh’s Little Woman separately.
This was the time when trolls and haters started criticizing the 21-year-long age gap between the two. They often used the fact that Florence was only five when Scrubs first aired. In a brave move, Florence called out the trolls and defended her relationship with Zach publicly.
Zach and Florence were officially a couple in 2020 & 2021
Zach and Florence were seen together in the following months multiple times while several media outlets referred to them as a “couple.”
In April 2020, Florence wished Zach on his 45th birthday with an adorable social media post. “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
Later, Zach shared a heartfelt note for Florence on her 25th birthday with some of their photos in January 2021.
Florence and Zach were seen celebrating the actress’ Oscar nomination during a press day in Los Angeles and afterward. The Best Supporting Actress winning actress was spotted running into Braff’s arms after the event and the two were captured sharing a kiss.
In May 2020, the couple confirmed that they were quarantined together. Florence opened up about some of their weekly routines during an appearance on the “Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware” podcast.
Zach and Florence broke up in early 2022
Florence confirmed in August 2022 that she broke up with her partner Zach Braff earlier this year. The two quietly went their separate ways hoping to keep the split private in order to avoid more criticism from strangers online.
“I automatically get a lumpy throat when I talk about it,” she revealed in her interview.
The rumors about Florence and Zach’s breakup
Pugh and Poulter were seen enjoying time on the beach which led to media outlets hinting that the two could actually be dating. Upon hearing this, Florence shut down the rumors on her Instagram story confirming that she was just friends with the actor.
“No, Will Poulter and I are not dating. We went to the beach with our friends, who are always about half a meter away from us in every picture, but have been cleverly cut out/ framed out so that it looks otherwise,” she wrote. “You can LITERALLY see my best friend in the corner of so many shots and Archie’s arms at the sides.”
Her fans are really mean— Gerawonderland🧣 (10 minutes version)❁ (@GeraWonderland) May 24, 2022
However, the fans aren’t convinced yet. We’ll keep you updated about the possibly budding romance.