“I have been feeling a bit glum lately, which is why I disappeared for a few days. My dad called me yesterday and he said, ‘Why aren’t you dancing and why aren’t you cooking?’” the Little Women star told her followers in an Instagram Story in March 2020. “So this morning I woke up and I danced, and I felt better. And now I am going to cook.”
She continued: “It is a really weird time at the moment, and people are scared. The world doesn’t know what to do or say and that’s an odd feeling. I am currently away from my family and my siblings — that is certainly unsettling. So as my dad said yesterday, we have to do things that keep us happy, keep us bubbly and keep moving.”
One month later, Pugh took a break from making cooking videos as she took a hiatus from social media. The decision came shortly after she received an overwhelming amount of hate on a birthday post for her boyfriend, Zach Braff.
In an Instagram video, the U.K. native noted that “within about eight minutes” of her posting a tribute to Braff, the comments were filled with rude messages about their 21-year age difference.
“I’m 24 years old. I have been working since I was 17 years old. I have been earning money since I was 17 years old. I became an adult when I was 18 years old and I started paying taxes when I was 18 years old,” she explained in the post. “I do not need you to tell me who I should and should not love, and I would never in my life ever, ever tell someone who they can and cannot love. It is not your place. And really it has nothing to do with you … The abuse that you throw at him is abuse that you throw at me.”
Pugh, who was first linked to the Scrubs alum in April 2019, noted that she had been “wrestling” with the idea of defending her relationship publicly. She briefly returned to Instagram to share herself cooking while filming projects including Hawkeye and The Wonder.
“First of all, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long. Life,” Pugh explained during a Cooking With Flo video in January 2022. “Second of all, I’m so happy to be back. Thirdly, I hope you’ve all been cooking. If you haven’t been, I’m hoping that I can do some inspiring and get you cooking some yummy food this weekend. “I’m doing alright, I’m doing OK. 2022, I hope it’s going to be a good, big year. I feel it, I feel it in the energy, in the atmosphere.”
The Don’t Worry Darling star confirmed her split from Braff in an August 2022 interview with Harper’s Bazaar. At the time, Pugh noted that she was excited to get back into her creative flow after the breakup. “I’m designing my kitchen in London at the moment. I’m literally designing it just so that it can be ready for Cooking With Flo,’” she told the outlet.
Scroll down to see what Pugh has made in her kitchen throughout the years: