Zach Braff met up with his ex-girlfriend Florence Pugh’s parents and grandmother for dinner in New York City on Saturday, but there was no sign of his 26-year-old former love.
The Garden State actor, 47, spent his Saturday night with Florence’s parents Clinton Pugh and Deborah Pugh as well as her grandmother Pat.
The Chicken Little actor – who called his ex a legend in a birthday post in her honor – looked dapper in a pair of grey plaid slacks, a white shirt and a black coat as he affectionately embraced Deborah while Pat looked on with a smile.
Florence skipped the dinner but there’s no bad blood between her and Braff, whom she dated from 2019 to 2022, even though she has moved on to a relationship with Charlie Gooch, whom she reportedly went to school with in the U.K.
Hugs: Zach Braff met up with his ex-girlfriend Florence Pugh’s, 26, parents and grandmother for dinner in New York City – without her
Dinner date: The Garden State actor, 47, spent his Saturday night with Florence’s parents Clinton Pugh and Deborah Pugh as well as her grandmother Pat
On set: Pugh plays Allison in a Good Person, a young woman with a wonderful fiancé, a blossoming career, and supportive family and friends whose world crumbles in the blink of an eye when she survives an unimaginable tragedy
In photos obtained by Page Six, the Black Widow star was spotted on a cozy Valentine’s Day date in London with Gooch where they laughed, hugged, and held hands.
Braff and Pugh revealed that she and the Scrubs alum broke up in August after three years of dating.
The actress confirmed in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar that she and the Scrubs star went their separate ways earlier this year.
The pair worked to keep their relationship out of the public eye, with Florence saying they wanted to break up in private.
She said: ‘We’ve been trying to do this separation without the world knowing, because it’s been a relationship that everybody has an opinion on.
‘We just felt something like this would really do us the benefit of not having millions of people telling us how happy they are that we’re not together. So we’ve done that. I automatically get a lumpy throat when I talk about it.’
The 21-year age gap between the pair drew attention during their three-year courtship.
Last year, Florence spoke to The Sunday Times about the cruel comments she received from trolls after wishing Zach a happy 46th birthday.
Story: The tragedy drives her into years of opioid addiction and recovery
Music: Cary Brothers, who has a song featured in the Zach Braff and Florence Pugh directed film, ‘A Good Person,’ also attended the dinner
Friendly exes: Braff and Pugh dated for three years from 2019 to sometime in 2022
Director: Zach Braff directed his ex-girlfriend in the upcoming film
She said: ‘I think it bugs people that it’s not who they expected. But it’s my life and I’m not doing anything to please people or to make it a better headline or story. I want to also be a person!’
Prior to their split, Florence and Zach were working on the film A Good Person together, which he directed.
Zach sang Florence’s praises during the production of the project, calling her ‘one of the best actresses working’ today.
Speaking to Collider, he said: ‘Florence Pugh’s performance in the movie, I know I’m biased, but it’s the most miraculous thing you will ever see.
In the film, Florence plays the lead role of Allison, a young woman who years after a fatal accident, strikes up an unlikely relationship with her would-be father-in-law.
Zach explained: ‘It’s her going toe-to-toe with Morgan Freeman. You haven’t seen Morgan like this in years.
I know that anything Florence does is incredible,’ he said, before adding: ‘People say she’s maybe the best actress of her generation. I think she’s one of the best actresses working.’
The couple first met on the set of his short film In the Time It Takes to Get There, and they first ignited romance rumors in April 2019 when they were spotted holding hands, but neither confirmed anything until the following December.
Putting the pieces back together: Eventually Allison befriends the man who would have been her father-in-law
New film: Prior to their split, Florence and Zach were working on the film A Good Person together, which he directed
Praises: Zach sang Florence’s praises during the production of the project, calling her ‘one of the best actresses working’ today
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