Florence Pugh claps back as trolls 'hurl abuse' at Zach Braff age-gap

Black Widow’s Florence Pugh has slammed trolls who ‘hurled abuse’ at boyfriend Zach Braff about the 21-year age gap in their relationship.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

The 24-year-old Little Women actress was first seen with the Scrubs star, 45, in April last year, with their relationship picked up by critics who have nothing better to do than point out simple mathematical situations such as age gaps.

After wishing her man a happy birthday this week, it seemed those trolls came out of the woodwork to cause the couple grief, as they ‘hurled abuse’ at Zach.

And Florence is not having it.

She recorded a lengthy video in which she called for the end of the ‘horrid hurling abuse’ she received after posting a birthday tribute, which forced her to switch off the comments on the post as she doesn’t want her Instagram to be a ‘toxic’ place.

It all went down after Florence shared a picture of Zach having a cuddle with his puppy and captioned the post: ‘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!’

In an IGTV video from isolation, she began: ‘On Monday, I posted a photo in honour of Zach’s birthday and I wrote a birthday message underneath.

‘Within about eight minutes of the photo being posted, I had about 70% of the comments hurling abuse and being horrid – basically bullying someone on my page.

‘It is the first time in my entire Instagram life that I’ve had to turn off the comments on my page.’

She continued: ‘I’ve never been an Instagram page that encourages that. I’ve never been an Instagram page that likes that toxic vibe.’

Florence was clearly and rightly furious that anyone would consider upsetting and bullying someone, especially during a global health pandemic, and said it’s not anyone else’s role to decide who she can date.

She continued: ‘I will not allow that behaviour on my page. I’m not about that. It makes me upset.

‘It makes me upset that during this time when we need to be together, the world is aching and the world is dying, and a few of you decided to bully for no reason.

‘I am 24 years old. I have been working since I was 17. I have 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 tell anyone who they can and cannot love. It is not your place.’

Florence warned her followers that she won’t hesitate to block those who can’t help themselves.

She added: ‘The abuse that you throw at him is abuse that you are throwing at me, and I don’t want those followers.

‘I do not want to have to be protecting my comments every time I post a picture of him.

‘I really hope that I can continue this relationship with a lot of you.’

It’s not the first time Florence has been forced to defend her relationship with the comedic actor, after the pair were first trolled last year.

After Zach commented on a photo Florence uploaded to Instagram, he was met with the reply: ‘You’re 44 years old.’

Florence responded to the keyboard warrior: ‘And yet he got it 👌🏽.’

Stunning. Just stunning work, Florence.

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