Zach Braff and Florence Pugh ended their relationship earlier this year, the Little Women star has confirmed. And there’s a reason we didn’t know about it until now.
“We tried to go through with this breakup without the world knowing about it because it was a relationship that everyone has an opinion on,” Pugh said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar published Tuesday.
“We just felt like something like this would really benefit us if millions of people didn’t tell us how lucky they are that we’re not together. So that’s what we did. I automatically get a lump in my throat when I talk about it,” she said.
This isn’t the first time the Oscar nominee has spoken openly about the online harassment she and the “Scrubs” alum endured while dating. When they first started dating a few years ago, many were quick to guess the 21-year age difference between Braff, 47, and Pugh, 26.
In April 2020, the “Black Widow” actor took to Instagram to shame people for sharing their unsolicited thoughts about the couple and their age difference on social media.
“I’m 24 years old,” Pugh said at the time. “I don’t need you to tell me who to love and who not to love, and I would never in my life tell anyone who to love and who not to love. It’s not your place and it really has nothing to do with you.”
The cast sparked romance rumors after working together on the 2019 short film In the Time It Takes to Get There, starring Pugh and directed by Braff. More recently, Pugh starred alongside Morgan Freeman and Molly Shannon in another Braff project, A Good Person, due to open next year.
“The movie that we actually did together was probably one of my favorite experiences,” Pugh told Harper’s Bazaar. “It felt like a very natural and easy thing to do.”
Pugh also spoke about another upcoming title of hers, Don’t Worry Darling, which is directed by Olivia Wilde. Out next month is the psychological thriller starring Pugh and Harry Styles (in his biggest film role to date) as a married couple in the 1950s whose lives spiral out of control.
The intense trailer for the highly-anticipated historical play – which teases some steamy scenes between the outbreak of “Midsommar” and the former One Direction heartthrob – sent fans and media into a frenzy.
“If it’s your sex scenes or watching the most famous man in the world go at someone, that’s not why we do it. That’s not why I’m in this industry,” Pugh said of the reaction to the previews.
“Obviously, it’s in the nature of hiring the world’s most famous pop star that you’re going to have those conversations. That’s just not what I’m going to discuss because [this movie is] bigger and better than that. And the people who made it are bigger and better than that.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-08-16/florence-pugh-zach-braff-breakup-dont-worry-darling Why Florence Pugh and Zach Braff tried to hide their breakup