Florence Pugh responds to backlash over her 21-year age gap with Zach Braff

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Florence Pugh recently reflected on the backlash from her past relationship with Zach Braff, telling Vogue that some people thought Braff was pushing back because he didn’t fit her idea of ​​who she should be with.

“We weren’t in anybody’s face,” Pugh told Vogue in an article published Thursday. “People just didn’t like it. They imagined me with someone younger than him and in blockbusters. I think young Hollywood relationships are so easily distorted because they join gossip sites.

Pugh, 26, and Braff, 47, have been the target of a lot of criticism on social media during their romance, much of it due to their 21-year age difference. Pugh and Braff met through mutual friends and started dating in 2019 after filming a short film together for Adobe. They divorced in the summer of 2022.

The English actress, who is best known for her roles in films such as Midsommar, Little Women and Don’t Worry Darling, told Vogue that celebrity relationships are “interesting to watch” and that they inspire her. because it is so personal, so obsessive.

Braff and Pugh, along with Braff’s friend Nick Cordero and his family, were self-isolating at Braff’s home in Los Angeles when COVID-19 first hit the country. Cordero eventually died of the virus, which led Braff to make a film about his friend with Pugh in the title role.

Reflecting on the backlash for her relationship with Zach Braff, Florence Pugh said people “imagine me young and with someone in blockbusters.”

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Pugh told Vogue that Cordero “felt good about everything” during the pandemic. Braff held a memorial in his vegetable garden where Cynthia Erivo sang in Cordero’s honor. Braff’s “The Good Man,” coming out in March, was written mostly for Pugh.

“I think she’s one of the greatest actresses of her generation,” Braff told Vogue.

“He’s just magnetic,” she continued. “You can’t take your eyes off him. It’s not just her beauty, it’s not just her acting ability, it’s something magical that goes beyond the screen, where it all goes: I want to see something that no one else does.

Pugh announced her split from Braff in August, and told Harper’s Bazaar that they “tried to do it without the world knowing because it’s a relationship where everyone has an opinion.” However, the two remain friends and will always be “good people”.

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