Florence Pugh defends boyfriend Zach Braff and highlights the double standard in age-gap relationships

Tobi Akingbade
Monday 13 July 2020 10:30
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Florence Pugh has hit back at fans who have something to say about her relationship with boyfriend Zach Braff.

She has also admitted that comments about their 21-year age difference once affected her.

English actor, who is 24, opened up as a guest on last week’s Sue Perkins: An hour or so with...:

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.

Once again, [it's] making a young woman feel like s*** for no reason

I think I did feel s*** for a while about admitting that, and then I thought, 'How ridiculous is that?'

Actor Braff, who is 45, reportedly began dating Pugh in April 2019 and their relationship was met with some questions. Some people noted that people find it uncomfortable for an older man to be with a younger woman... but not so much the other way around. This seems a lot like a double standard, particularly when (as Pugh notes) she's old enough to make lots of other crucial life choices...

In the same interview, Pugh added: “I'm 24 and I can't choose who I love. . . . There's a reason why I'm not with someone my age — it hasn't worked. So who are you trying to match me up with?"

Pugh also said she finds it intriguing that people feel like they can have an opinion over what she does in her private life.

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She said:

People want to have a say on who you go out with, where you go to lunch.

And I think, for me, I've just 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.

This is not the first time the star has had to defend her love life.

Earlier this year, Pugh uploaded a photo of her boyfriend to celebrate his 45th birthday and trolled heavily about the, you guessed it, the age gap.

She told ELLE magazine at the time:

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.

You can listen to Pugh's full interview on the An Hour or So With... podcast here.

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