The snide comment about Braff’s age wound up being just the tip of the iceberg. By April 2020, when Pugh publicly wished Braff a happy 45th birthday, within days she posted a video directly addressing the “abuse” and “bullying” directed at her relationship from fans. “I’m 24 years old,” Pugh said. “I have been working since I was 17, I’ve been earning money since I was 17. I became an adult when I was 18. … I am 24 years old.” She continued:

“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… It is not your place and really it has nothing to do with you. If those rules are something you do not like, please unfollow me. The abuse you throw at him is the abuse you throw at me, and I do not want those followers.”


The relationship appeared to be steady for years—the couple adopted a shared dog together during the pandemic and even sparked marriage rumors at the beginning of last year; as recently as April, Pugh dedicated a post to celebrating Braff’s birthday. Of course, by May, steamy-looking photos of Pugh and Midsommar co-star William Poulter on vacation with friends sparked aggressive rumors that she and Braff had broken up, and she was now with Poulter. The photos prompted massive social media reaction, as fans of Pugh took to Twitter to celebrate and viral posts pondered if she’d “put Old Yeller out to pasture.” Yikes! 


Pugh swiftly denied the rumors (though she thanked fans “for saying we look sexy… doesn’t mean we’re doing the sexy”), but in hindsight, she only denied being with Poulter and didn’t confirm she was still with Braff.

The exact timeline of Pugh and Braff’s split isn’t clear, and given Pugh’s emphasis on the importance of privacy in her personal life, it probably never will be. Nonetheless, with Don’t Worry Darling premiering within weeks, there’s no shortage of gossip circulating about the cast.