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Zach Braff and Florence Pugh’s Relationship Timeline


Met their matches. Zach Braff and Florence Pugh have been forced to defend their relationship more than once, but their connection is undeniable.

The Scrubs alum and the Oscar nominee first sparked dating rumors in April 2019 when they were spotted holding hands in New York City. The PDA followed their collaboration on his 2019 short film, In the Time It Takes to Get There. The couple left hints about their status on social media in the months that followed, but they did not confirm it until December 2019.

Pugh clapped back at a troll who called out the age difference between her and Braff — she is 20 years his junior — at the time. She later revealed how the negative perception surrounding the relationship affected her.

“I have the right to hang out and be with and go out with anyone I want to,” she explained in her June 2020 Elle UK cover story. “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.”

Pugh noted that she and Braff largely keep their personal lives out of the public eye — even going so far as to attend events, such as the December 2019 premiere of her film Little Women, separately. “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,” she said.

She added: “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?”

Braff, for his part, admitted in a November 2020 interview with MR PORTER that he “chose not to” respond to the trolls because he could not come up with anything as “intelligent and articulate” as the actress’ remarks.

Despite some people being against them, the pair have continued to support each other and have even occasionally given fans small glimpses into their life together.

Scroll through the gallery below to revisit Braff and Pugh’s relationship!

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August 2018

The actor shared his admiration for the Little Women star via Twitter. “I watched an incredible film last night that I cannot stop thinking about: ‘Lady Macbeth’ starring @Florence_Pugh,” he wrote. “Beautifully directed, shot, acted etc. It’s very upsetting, so be forewarned. Florence is a movie star.” (He also began “liking” her Instagram posts around the same time.)

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January 2019

Braff visited Pugh’s hometown in England. “Spent the day in Oxford and now I am smart,” he captioned an Instagram photo of himself across the pond. She posted a pic with her dad later that month, leading fans to assume the twosome traveled together to see her family.  

 

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April 2019

The short film Braff directed Pugh in, In the Time It Takes to Get There, was released in April 2019.  

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April 2019

The Garden State star and the Fighting With My Family actress were spotted holding hands while out for a walk in New York City.  

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October 2019

Braff hinted at his romance with Pugh on Instagram, captioning a photo of her and his friends, “People I love.”  

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November 2019

The duo made their Instagram debut amid an outing with their pals. “Epic day at @disneyland #Disneyland #HappiestPlace,” he wrote of the group pic.  

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December 2019

Pugh finally confirmed her relationship with Braff after he left a princess emoji in the comments section of one of her Instagram posts. “You’re 44 years old,” one user replied, to which the Black Widow star retorted, “And yet he got it.”  

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April 2020

Pugh paid tribute to Braff for his 45th birthday. “Today we shall smile wider than the clouds are grey. April 6th and we’re celebrating hard!” she raved via Instagram. “Happy Birthday wishes, boogies and cheers for this special person. Raise those bubbles and jiggle!”  

Days later, she fired back at naysayers in an Instagram video, calling out the “abuse” and “bullying” over their age difference in the comments of her original post. “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,” she said. “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.” 

She continued: “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.”

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April 2020

The couple adopted a dog named Billie. “Officially adopted, Billie. Thanks to the @thelabellefoundation,” he announced. “We tried to foster, but then we fell in love. #fosterfail #adoptdontshop.”  

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May 2020

Pugh shared some insight into how she and Braff were spending their time in quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I allow one takeaway a week. So that’s our special date night,” she noted on the “Table Manners” podcast. She also revealed they were “growing lovely leaves and lovely elephant garlics” in their garden to cook with.  

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January 2021

Braff applauded Pugh on her 25th birthday. “Happy Birthday to the most fun person I’ve ever met,” he gushed via Instagram. “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.”

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March 2021

The two sparked rumors in January 2021 that they had secretly wed after a friend referred to the Midsommar star as “FPB.” However, the pal later deleted the extra letter from his Instagram post and clarified that the “B” referred to a nickname, not Braff. “They are not married,” he claimed. 

Speculation ramped up again in March 2021 when Braff was spotted wearing a ring on his left hand.  

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