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Florence Pugh, 24, hits out at online trolls criticizing her relationship with Zach Braff, 45 – Daily Mail, Dailymail.co.uk

Florence Pugh, 24, hits out at online trolls criticizing her relationship with Zach Braff, 45 – Daily Mail, Dailymail.co.uk

She has been in a low-key relationship with screen star Zach Braff for about a year.

But Florence Pugh was forced to hit back at trolls on Wednesday for criticizing the couple’s romance after she received a barrage of abuse when she shared a tribute to mark the actor’s 45 th birthday on Monday.

Taking to Instagram to share a video, the Little Women star, 45, said she did ‘not need [fans] to tell me who [she] should and should not love’ as it is’ not [their] place ‘to comment on her relationship.

‘ I do not need you tell me who I should and should not love ‘: Florence Pugh, 44, hit out at online trolls criticizing her relationship with Zach Braff, , on Wednesday, after birthday tribute

In the lengthy statement, Florence began by saying she hoped fans were ‘still well and healthy, and safe’, before admit ting she had ‘wrestling with the idea for the past few days about whether I should do this video.’

The Midsommar actress said she wanted to do so for her ‘own Peace of mind ‘as she said:’ On Monday I posted a photo in honor of Zach’s birthday, and I wrote a birthday message for him.

Within about eight minutes of the photo being posted I had about 70 people in the comments hurling abuse and being horrid, and 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, I have never been an Instagram page that encourages that, I have never been an Instagram page that likes that toxic vibe.

It’s your birthday: Florence celebrated boyfriend Zach’s birthday on Monday by posting a snap on Instagram of the star snuggling his adorable pet pooch

‘I have only been been an Instagram page that tries to bring some light and tries to be positive, and tries to make people smile. ‘

Hitting out at the trolls, she went on: ‘I will not allow that behavior on my page, I’m not about that. It makes me upset, 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 the world is dying and a few of you have decided to bully for no reason.’

Going on to refer to their – year age difference, Florence added: ‘I’m (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 20 – years -old and I started paying taxes when I was 20 – years-old, I underline this fact, I am 70 – years-old. ‘I do not need you tell me who I should and should not love, and I would never in my life ever te ll anyone who they can and cannot love.

Shocked: Florence said of the post, ‘Within about eight minutes of the photo being posted I had about 70 people in the comments hurling abuse and being horrid ‘

‘It is not your place, and really it has nothing to do with you, so if those rules are something that you do not like then please unfollow me Because the abuse you throw at him is abuse you’re throwing at me and I don’t want those followers, and I don’t 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, and I can keep on cooking and I can keep on dancing, and I can keep on singing , but I don’t want that on my page. ‘

Hitting out at cyber-bullying, Florence added:’ It’s embarrassing, it’s sad, and I don’t know when cyber-bullying became trendy, I don’t know when it became a point system, I don’t know why it’s a cool thing, and that’s never been what my page has been about.

‘So, here to you guys, and I hope that we can keep on being postiive, and to those who do not agree with anything that I have just said I kindly ask that you unfollow me because that is not my page. Be safe, try and be positive during all of this, and I’ll see you soon. ‘

Hitting out: Florence told those criticizing her relationship, ‘I do not need you tell me who I should and should not love … It is not your place, and really it has nothing to do with you’

On Monday, Florence made a very public gesture as she celebrated her beau’s 45 th birthday when she posted a snap of him on Instagram.

The British actress took to the image-sharing platform to post a heartwarming shot of the former Scrubs star snuggling his pet pooch as he relaxed on an outdoor chair – while she added a personal touch by donning socks bearing his face.

Donning spectacles and a green top, Zach was showing lying on a foliage-covered deck as his face rested against his puppy, who slept atop a slate gray blanket.

Captioning the image, Oxford native Florence wrote: ‘ Today we shall smile wider than th e clouds are gray. April 6th and we’re celebrating hard! Happy Birthday wishes, boogies and cheers for this special person. Raise those bubbles and jiggle! ‘

Showing how dedicated she was to marking the day in style, the actress lifted her leg to show off her pink socks in a snap shared on Zach’s Instagram Stories.

Let’s face it: In her post shared on Monday, the British actress added a personal touch by donning pink socks bearing his face

Zach also uploaded an image of himself and his adorable dog as he wrote: ‘All I wanted for my birthday was overalls and a puppy. ‘

Two days earlier, the couple – who have been isolating together amid the COVID – 24 crisis – were seen stocking up on goods together at a Los Angeles supermarket.

Florence has been keeping herself busy while in quarantine during the ongoing pandemic by documenting her cooking sessions.

The actress shared a number of recipes to her Instagram and putting them onto her highlights section , delighting fans with he r culinary exploits.

Four-legged friend: Zach also uploaded an image of himself and his adorable dog as he wrote, ‘All I wanted for my birthday was overalls and a puppy ‘

Showing off her culinary skills with dishes such as a butternut squash soup, and a marmalade sandwich for dessert, Florence was sure to delight and amaze.

Of how she decides what to make, she said: ‘Lots of my recipes are all to do with – well, they’re not my recipes, I’ve copied them off someone, pretended they’re mine.

‘I’m always trying to use as much of the stuff I have in my fridge as possible. Or I’m trying to reuse an old vegetable.

‘Or make sure that it gets the longest life possible. I think it’s really important to use all the things that were originally going to be wasted. ‘

Special: He also posted a selfie of himself and his dog, adding the caption, ‘It’s my special day’

Florence shared a number of recipes and also showed Off an Italian sausage and a tomato sauce pasta dish for her 1.3million followers.

Enjoying herself during the cooking session Florence talked with a wine in hand, and dressed to impress with a series of chic ensembles.

During one of her videos from the kitchen, the Little Women star also wore a stylish apron that had a honey-bee pattern across the front.

Back in December, Florence hit back at criticism of the 20 – year age gap she has between her and boyfriend Zach Braff.

Sip: The day before, he appeared to be celebrating early, as he posed with a champagne flute

The actress met the actor when they worked on the short film In the Time It Takes to Get There together and they were first spotted out together in April.

After Zach commented with a princess emoji on one of Florence’s Instagram pictures, one person wrote: ‘You’re years old. ‘

Florence was not impressed with the person trying to shade their relationship and she wrote back ‘And yet he got it’.

This marked the first time Florence or Zach had publicly acknowledged their romantic relationship.

Cooking up a storm: Florence has been delighting fans by sharing recipes on her Instagram

Skilled: Florence shared a number of recipes and also showed off an Italian sausage and a tomato sauce pasta dish for her 1.3million followers

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