Florence Pugh Responds Age Gap Criticism

Luna Dawson

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The 24-year-old actress and Scrubs star, 45, have been dating since last year. They seem happy together, but their fans are showing them no mercy when it comes to their age gap. For Zach's birthday, Florence posted a heartfelt birthday wish. However, she soon had to disable the comments because of negative backlash.

She then posted a clip addressing the naysayers saying, "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."

She continued: "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.

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

She went on to say she "will not allow that behavior," adding: "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, the world is dying, and a few of you have decided to bully for no reason."

She further said, "I'm 24 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 18 years old and I started paying taxes when I was 18 years old. I underline this fact, 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 ever tell anyone who they can and cannot love."