Florence Pugh is not having any unwanted speculation about her private life. In a new candid interview, Florence opens up about why she decided to publicly defend her relationship with Zach Braff and dealing with criticism.
The 24-year-old Oscar nominee has received major flack for dating the Scrubs actor, who’s over 20 years her senior. She recently took to social media to admonish critics inserting themselves into her personal life.
“Making a young woman feel like s*** for no reason”
The Midsommar actress appeared on the podcast, Sue Perkins: An hour or so with…on Tuesday. Florence, who is 24 years old, found the hypocrisy quite funny.
“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,” Pugh told the host, Sue Perkins.
She continued, “Yet again, once again, it’s making a young woman feel like s*** for no reason.”
Calling out Double Standards
Pugh even called on the double standards people have when it comes to giving different amounts of public attention to the personal lives of male and female celebrities.
“Women’s lives, the moment they get in that spotlight, is being completely devoured by people,” she said. “It’s totally allowed too. Because for some reason the public feel like it’s their right to know stuff about them. But the same attention to detail doesn’t happen to men. I’ve always found that really interesting, and how you’re supposed to just put up with it.”
“The abuse that you throw at him is abuse that you are throwing at me”
This isn’t the first time Florence has addressed her relationship with Zach. The Little Women star was forced to turn off comments when she posted on Instagram for Braff’s birthday due to vile remarks about their age difference.
Back in April, the actress addressed “horrid” and “hateful” comments from strangers about her 21-year age difference with Zach.”It makes me upset that during this time when we need to be together, the world is aching and the world is dying. A few of you decided to bully for no reason,” she said. “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’m 24 and I can’t choose who I love?”
Now, she sees that having to defend her relationship for anyone is completely unnecessary, and she won’t let critics make her feel bad about her love life. “I think I did feel s*** for a while for admitting that,” Pugh told Perkins in the podcast. “And then I thought, how ridiculous is that? I’m 24 and I can’t choose who I love.”
Pugh continued, “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?”
“I’m not a reality TV star. I don’t let people into my life like that”
And while Florence understands that she is a public figure, she is still oftentimes surprised to see so many people sound off on her dating life. She concluded by saying that she will never understand why people think they have a right to have an opinion on any celebrity’s personal life. “People want to have a say on who you go out with, where you go for lunch,” she said. “I’m not a reality TV star. I don’t let people into my life like that. Since when has it been OK for someone to shout at someone for their relationship? It’s crazy to me.”
“People have no right to educate me on my private life”
Braff and Pugh have kept their relationship low-key and out of the public spotlight ever since they seemingly became close friends in 2018.
Pugh told Elle UK for its June issue that she had “The right to hang out and be with and go out with anyone I want to.”
“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,” she said at the time.
“I know that part of being in the spotlight is that people might invade your privacy and have opinions on it. 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.”
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