Florence Pugh, Zach Braff and when it’s OK to be friends with your ex

Xavier Roger


Zach Braff and Florence Pugh may have broken up last fall, but it seems the pair have remained friendly. They posed on the red carpet together at the premiere of their film “A Good Person” earlier this month, and Braff wished Pugh a happy birthday in January. 

But is being friends with your ex a good idea?

It depends. The key things to keep in mind are setting boundaries, taking time for yourself and knowing when it’s OK to call the friendship quits.

“The truth is, you broke up for a reason,” says Cecille Ahrens, a licensed clinical social worker. “Although a healthy, platonic friendship is possible after a break up, it’s also not the easiest thing to achieve.”

Zach Braff, right, and Florence Pugh pose for photographers upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'A Good Person' in London, Wednesday, March 8, 2023. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: LVC107

When being friends with your ex is a good idea

The best romantic relationships are rooted in friendships. Just because a romantic spark sputtered doesn’t mean a friendship should fall apart.

“It is absolutely OK to be friends with an ex, particularly when there were personality traits or commonalities in value and experience that brought the individuals together in the first place,” says Maryanne Fisher, a psychology professor at St. Mary’s University in Canada.


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