FLORENCE Pugh has hit back at trolls who have criticized her relationship with Zach Braff.
The 24-year-old actress was forced to defend their romance after fans commented on their age gap following her loving birthday message to the Scrubs actor, 45, earlier this week.
The couple were first linked in April 2019.
Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Florence said: "On Monday I posted a photo in honour 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."
She later addressed trolls, saying: "I will not allow that behaviour 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."
Referring to the couple's 21-year age gap, she added: "I do not need you 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, 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."
It comes days after the movie star shared a sweet birthday message for Zach with her 1.3million followers.
Alongside a photo of the actor sleeping with a dog, she wrote: "Today we shall smile wider than the clouds are grey. April 6th and we’re celebrating hard!
"Happy Birthday wishes, boogies and cheers for this special person. Raise those bubbles and jiggle!"
It's thought the pair met when they worked together on Zach's short film In the Time It Takes to Get There, which also starred Alicia Silverstone.
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