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"It's making young women feel like sh*t". Florence Pugh is sick of the hate towards her partner.

When Little Women actress Florence Pugh made her relationship with Scrubs star Zach Braff Instagram official, the reaction was tough for her to deal with.

The 24-year-old posted to Instagram in April in honour of Braff's 45th birthday, showing him and their foster dog.

Within minutes, she had to "turn off the comments" on the post due to the incessant "hateful comments" she received.

People had very strong opinions about her relationship, mostly because of the 21-year age gap between the couple. 

Appearing on the Sue Perkins: An hour or so with... podcast this week, Pugh spoke about the reaction.

"I've always found it funny, how I can be good enough for people to watch my work and support my work and pay for tickets, and I'm old enough to be an adult and pay taxes, but I'm not old enough to know who I should and should not have sex with?" Pugh told host Perkins.

"Yet again, once again, it's making a young woman feel like sh*t for no reason."

Pugh further defended her relationship in an interview with Elle UK in May.

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"I have the right to hang out and be with and go out with anyone I want to," she said, saying that people had no right to "educate" her on her private life.

"I know that part of being in the spotlight is that people might invade your privacy and have opinions on it, but it's bizarre that normal folk are allowed to display such hate and opinions on a part of my life that I'm not putting out there.

"It's a strange side of fame that you’re allowed to be torn apart by thousands of people even though you didn't put that piece of you out there. My point to all this is that isn't it odd that a stranger can totally tear apart someone's relationship and it's allowed?"

Sharing a video to Instagram days after uploading Braff's birthday message, Pugh responded to the backlash from her followers.

"Within about eight minutes of the photo being posted [on my page], I had about 70 per cent of the comments hurling abuse and being horrid and basically bullying someone on my page," she said.

"It is the first time in my Instagram life that I have had to turn the comments off on my page,” she added.

"I will not allow that behaviour on my page. I'm not about that. It makes me upset."

 




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The Midsommar actress added that it was disappointing to see so many hurtful comments during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

"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 and a few of you decided to bully for no reason," she said.

"I'll underline this fact – 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 began paying taxes when I was 18 years old," she added.

"I am 24 years old. I do not need you to tell me who I should or should not love. And I would never in my life tell anyone who they can or cannot love. It is not your place and really, it has nothing to do with you.

"The abuse that you throw at him, is abuse that you're throwing at me."

It’s believed Pugh and Braff first met while working on a short film made for Adobe Cloud, In The Time It Takes To Get There, which Braff directed.

Shortly after the film was released in April 2019, the pair were seen holding hands in New York City.

Before meeting Pugh, Braff previously dated model Taylor Bagley for five years, before the pair split in 2014. In the past, he has been linked to Mandy Moore.

From June 2019, Pugh began popping up on Braff's Instagram page, however it wasn't clear that the pair were dating.

Zach also shared a photo alongside Florence's brother and Game of Thrones actor, Tony Sebastian, in June 2019,

 




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In October that same year, Pugh appeared on Braff's page once again, when he shared a group shot caption, "People I love".

The next month, Pugh was pictured in a group shot at Disneyland alongside Braff.

In November and December last year, they both attended the premieres of Marriage Story and Little Women, however the pair weren't photographed together.

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On December 28, 2019, Pugh confirmed their relationship on Instagram.

When Braff responded to a photo of the 24-year-old with the princess emoji, a follower replied to his comment writing, "You're 44 years old." Pugh responded, "And yet he got it."

Listen to the latest episode of Mamamia’s daily entertainment podcast, The Spill, below. Post continues after podcast.

After Pugh was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2020 Oscars, Braff shared a number of photos of the actress getting ready for the awards. Rather than attending the awards with him, Pugh was joined by her parents.

Feature Image: Getty.

This article was originally published on April 10, 2020, and has been updated.



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