Florence Pugh turned the comments off on Zach Braff birthday post

Dusty Baxter-Wright
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Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Thanks to her stellar performance in Little Women and excellent Instagram dancing, we're kind of obsessed with Florence Pugh. Which, naturally, means we want to know everything there is to know about the 25-year-old - including her romance with Scrubs actor Zach Braff, 45.

The pair have come under fire for their relationship due to the 21 year age gap - something Florence has public spoken out against. Here's a timeline of their relationship, starting with the latest update before going right back to the beginning.

6 April 2021

Florence celebrated Zach's 46th birthday with a sweet Instagram post, sharing a number of photos and a gushing caption. Fans couldn't help but notice the actress has turned the comments off.

"It’s this magical persons birthday," Florence wrote to her 2.2million followers. "A year ago we got Billie three days before Zach’s day and she’s flopped on her back for tummy tickles from him like this ever since. A special day for a special fella requires special foot wear and fluffy trackies.. obvi.

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"His need to make people laugh and smile is never ending, his constant generosity and love for others is infectious, his creativity and ability to put real and honest words onto the page inspires many and all who’s around him, but above all.. his appreciation for life and excitement for LIVING is something I always take note of. Happy Birthday chicken, odd shoes is a good look 🌼 @zachbraff"

Check out the rest of their relationship timeline...

August 2018

Fans notice Zach liking Florence's Instagram posts throughout August 2018, although the pair haven't been romantically linked yet. Could totally be friendly at this point, right?

April 2019

Mail Online publish photos of Zach and Florence holding hands in New York. Not looking so friendly!

April 2019

Zach’s short film In the Time It Takes to Get There is released, starring Florence. It's unclear when it was filmed, or if this is how they originally fell for each other, but it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume it was how they met.

August 2019

The pair holiday together with friends in Mallorca. Although they haven't yet showed any PDA on their own accounts, fans uncover a picture of Florence with her arms draped around Zach through a friends' Instagram:

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October 2019

Florence makes her first appearance on Zach's Instagram, with a selection of his friends and a very telling caption. "People I love," he wrote below the picture, which also features singer Joshua Radin.

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November 2019

Photographic evidence of Zach and Florence together! The actor shares a group picture of the couple with friends at Disneyland, with the caption, "Epic day at @disneyland #Disneyland #HappiestPlace."

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December 2019

The pair both attend the Little Women world premiere in New York, walking the red carpet separately. And, well, why else would Zach be there if it wasn't for Florence, hmm?

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Later in the month, Florence confirms their relationship is definitely a thing, while hitting back at a troll for calling out their age gap.

Here's what went down: Florence shared a photo of herself in front of Greenblatt's Delicatessen Restaurant in Los Angeles with the caption, "First pit-stop, Matzo Ball soup. #curingjetlag101".

After Zach comments a princess emoji on the picture, a follower randomly replies, "You're 44 years old" to which Florence says, "And yet he got it 👌🏽."

Confirmation ~and~ a clap back all rolled into one.

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7 April 2020

Florence takes to Instagram to wish Zach a happy 45th birthday, while the pair isolate in Los Angeles together. Along with a photo of the actor taking a nap with their dog, she wrote:

"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!"

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9 April 2020

Florence takes to Instagram again, this time to hit back at criticism of her birthday post to Zach. In the IGTV video, she says, "On Monday I posted a photo in honour of Zach's birthday, and I posted a caption underneath. Within about eight minutes of the photo being posted, I had about 70% of the comments hurling abuse and being horrid, and basically bullying someone on my page. It's the first time in my entire Instagram life that I've had to turn off the comments on my page...

"I'm 24 years old. I have been working since I was 17, I've been earning money since I was 17. I became an adult when I was 18... I am 24 years old. I do not need you to tell me who I should and should not love. And I would never in my life, ever, tell anyone who they can and cannot love.

"It is not your place and really it has nothing to do with you. If those rules are something you do not like, please unfollow me. The abuse you throw at him is the abuse you throw at me, and I do not want those followers."

6 May 2020

Florence Pugh looks incredible on the cover of ELLE UK, as she hits back at the "bizarre hate" she has received due to her relationship with Zach Braff. The couple's romance has been under fire thanks to the 21 year age gap - something which Florence says is no one else's business.

"I have the right to hang out and be with and go out with anyone I want to," she asserted. "I’ve always found this part of what people do really bizarre. I’m an actor because I like acting and I don’t mind people watching my stuff, but people have no right to educate me on my private life."

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On differentiating her public and private life, Florence continued, "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?"

9 July 2020

Speaking on Sue Perkins' An Hour Or So With podcast, Florence opens up about how there had been times when social media encounters had "made her feel like sh*t" for being in the relationship, and she found it hard to understand why it was other people's business.

"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," she explained.

"Because I'm in the entertainment industry, those lines get very blurred. People just want to have a say on who you go out with, where you go for lunch. For me, I've always found that part of this life, even when I grew up watching actresses, I've always found that weird how people have a say over your private life."

The actress continued, "I'm not a reality TV star, I don't let people into my life like that so since when has it been OK for someone to shout at someone for their relationship?"

9 November 2020

Zach Braff praises Florence Pugh for how she handled age gap critics, telling MR PORTER's digital magazine that Florence's 'intelligent and articulate' response in the summer was a hard act to follow.

“She literally sat down hit record on her phone. I thought: how could I possibly follow anything as intelligent and articulate as that? So, I chose not to.”

4 January 2021

Zach Braff shares loved-up Instagram post to celebrate Florence Pugh's 25th birthday. Sharing a series of pictures to his grid of the Don't Worry Darling star in front of the Hollywood sign as well as picture of the pair together. He accompanied the post with a sentimental caption;

"Happy Birthday to the most fun person I’ve ever met. I would have felt blessed to have smiled with your [sic] for one night. I can’t believe I get to giggle with you everyday. What a pleasure it is to know you. What a gift to the world it was that you were born."

5 January 2021

Fans are speculating that Florence and Zach are married after noticing one of their friends using his initial in her name. Trevor Tuttle, a visual effects artist, called the star 'FPB' - which some fans think means Florence Pugh-Braff. Could you even?!

"Happy birthday to this shining shaker! Your spirit is infectious, your laugh hilarious. You’ve made this awkward year kinda delightful with your pizzas and antics. Much love FPB!" he wrote.

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However Trevor later deleted the B and added in the comments, "Not true in the slightest. Rumor false. It's a nickname I have for Florence which is not Braff... they are not married."

1 March 2021

Florence and Zach announce they're working on a joint project, a movie called A Good Person. Florence will star alongside actual Morgan Freeman while Zach has written the film and will direct.

Deadline report the film will "follow Allison (played by Pugh), whose life falls apart following her involvement in a fatal accident. In the following years, it is the unlikely relationship she forms with her would-be father-in-law (Freeman) that helps her live a life worth living."

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