Entertainment Movies Zach Braff Calls Girlfriend Florence Pugh a 'Gift to the World' on Her 25th Birthday "I can't believe I get to giggle with you every day," Zach Braff said of Florence Pugh By Karen Mizoguchi Published on January 3, 2021 03:03 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Happy birthday, Florence Pugh! On Sunday, the actress celebrated her 25th birthday and her boyfriend Zach Braff shared a sweet message in her honor. "Happy Birthday to the most fun person I’ve ever met. 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," the actor, 45, wrote alongside photos of their adventures together. "What a pleasure it is to know you. What a gift to the world it was that you were born," Braff concluded. Pugh shared Braff's post on her Instagram Story and responded with a single red heart emoji. The Don't Worry Darling star also posted videos of herself excitedly ringing in the big day with her favorite tunes and two golden balloons. Florence Pugh/Instagram A Timeline of Florence Pugh and Zach Braff's Relationship: From Just Friends to Defending Their Love Pugh and Braff have been friends since August 2018 and she was cast in his short film In The Time It Takes to Get There, which was released in April 2019. Then, that October, the Scrubs star shared a photo of Pugh alongside three of his friends with the caption, "People I love." More recently, in November 2020, Braff spoke about his relationship with Pugh, especially about her defending their romance on Instagram after they received criticism online over their 20-year age difference. "She literally sat down, hit record on her phone and said that," Braff told Mr Porter's magazine about Pugh's lengthy Instagram video in which she reprimanded her fans for criticizing the couple's relationship. "I thought, 'How could I possibly follow anything as intelligent and articulate as that?' So, I chose not to." Zach Braff and Florence Pugh. Zach Braff/Instagram Pugh previously told Elle UK that she had "the right to hang out and be with and go out with anyone I want to," adding, "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." The actress also 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, 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. 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?"