After two years of dating, it seems as if Zach Braff and Florence Pugh may be headed towards forever.
The 46-year-old Scrubs star is reportedly ‘really ready to settle down’ with the Midsommar actress, 25, who is 21 years his junior, and even got the seal of approval from her parents.
A source told The Mirror on Saturday that the only thing delaying a proposal, is his ‘wanting to know for certain [that] she’ll say “yes”.’
Wedding bells? After long hitting back at their 21-year age gap, Zach Braff, 46, is reportedly ‘really ready to settle down’ with girlfriend of two years Florence Pugh, 25, and got approval from her parents; pictured February 2020
Serious steps: ‘He’s conducting himself completely differently with Florence, and has gone as far as spending time with her family in England earlier this year and moving her into his LA mansion,’ an insider told The Mirror
The very private actor-director was said to have gone over to her native UK to woo her parents Clinton Pugh and Deborah Mackin for the first time in September 2020.
And though he has had a string of relationships with Hollywood darlings including Mandy Moore (2004 to 2006), as well brief romances with Drew Barrymore and Kirsten Dunst in 2007, he’s acting ‘completely differently’ with Florence.
‘He’s conducting himself completely differently with Florence, and has gone as far as spending time with her family in England earlier this year and moving her into his LA mansion,’ a source close to the Garden State star said.
The source continued: ‘He didn’t do this with other girlfriends – nothing close to that – and he’s making every indication that he’s really ready to settle down, especially now they’ve passed through the gauntlet of working together and getting out the other side without killing each other.’
The insider added that she has been the one to make him want to shed his previous image of being a ‘kind of lazy bachelor with a revolving door of younger women in his life.’
Sole support: The two hunkered down together throughout the entirety of the pandemic and in one photo shared to Braff’s Insta-story she even modeled socks with his face on them
Seal of approval: Zach met her parents Clinton Pugh and Deborah Mackin for the first time in September 2020
And of taking more serious steps with the Little Women actress, he reportedly finds her ‘different’ from all the rest, as he is both attracted to and ‘supportive’ of her meteoric career.
‘Florence is different from every other woman he’s dated in that she has a hot career – hotter than his – and he’s been very supportive and not held her back in the slightest,’ the source divulged.
To that point, he recently shared that he commissioned a painting of her character in Black Widow from a Russian painter/comic book artist, and gushed to his 1.5M followers ‘go watch @florencepugh save the world!’, continuing to be her ultimate cheerleader.
And the only thing standing in the way of forever is a typical proposal concern: ‘Only thing that’s keeping him from proposing is wanting to know for certain she’ll say yes,’ it was added.
Supportive: On July 8 he revealed he had commissioned a special portrait of the Black Widow actress from a Russian painter
The pair had previously sparked marriage rumors once before in January after a friend referred to Florence as ‘FPB,’ on a photo of her, which prompted fans to assert the ‘B’ stood for ‘Braff.’
The friend later deleted the ‘B’ and maintained ‘They are not married.’ But rumors swirled again in March after he looked to wear a wedding ring on his left finger in a snap.
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 til the following December.
Both extremely private when it comes to their relationship, they are both selective of what to share on social media and have never even walked the red carpet together.
But as their partnership continues to grow, both have gushed over the other on their birthdays — having spent a number of them living together with their adopted dog Billie.
Intimate moments: The very private pair are very selective about when to share things about their relationship on social media
Birthday love: In a January 3 birthday tribute he gushed ‘I can’t believe I get to giggle with you everyday. What a pleasure it is to know you. What a gift to the world it was that you were born’
‘Chicken’: The Midsommar star called him ‘chicken’ and a ‘magical person’ in her gushing tribute
‘Happy Birthday to the most fun person I’ve ever met. I would have felt blessed to have smiled with your for one night. I can’t believe I get to giggle with you everyday. What a pleasure it is to know you. What a gift to the world it was that you were born,’ Zach wrote on January 3.
And on his birthday on April 6 she shared intimate snaps as she called him a ‘magical person’ and revealed her nickname for him ‘chicken,’ while remarking that he was ‘infectious,’ and full of ‘generosity’ with an ‘excitement for living’ that inspires her.
But despite their devotion for each other, the relationship has not been free from trolling critics who have lasered in on their 21-year age gap.
‘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,’ she quipped publicly after professing her love for him on his birthday last year.
And in a recent interview with the Sunday Times she maintained: ‘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!’
Clapping back: ‘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,’ she said to trolls in April 2020