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Florence Pugh attends a red carpet event. She has long blonde hair, half is tied back away from her face. She wears a pastel pink dress and has matching pink makeup.

Florence Pugh Highlights How Paparazzi Pics are Used to Fabricate Stories

Florence Pugh is highlighting the tactics tabloids and paparazzi use to fabricate stories about her – and putting some ridiculous rumours about her love life to rest at the same time!

The Don’t Worry Darling actress  – who has been in a serious relationship with actor Zach Braff for at least three years – was photographed by paps hanging out at the beach with friends including actor Will Poulter, her Midsommar co-star.

But here’s the thing.

It seems certain sites and online accounts (who shall not be named here) cut out the ‘friends’ and zoomed in on the image of Florence and Will, painting the picture for consumers that the two must be dating.

Setting the record straight in her Insta stories, Florence writes: “This is getting a little silly now. No, Will Poulter and I are not dating. We went to the beach with our friends, who are always about half a metre away from us in every picture, but have been cleverly cut out/framed out so that it looks otherwise.”

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She even shared some photographic examples of this (which shall also not be posted here because hell no to intrusive pap shots) showing that her friends were indeed at the beach too and that “Will P was cropped to look like his face was on my chest.”

“I understand that the nature of this job is that you sometimes get your privacy completely bulldozed by paparazzi, but to fabricate this stuff actually does more damage than good.”

And she’s right – while it’s just a bit of gossip or entertainment news for the publications, there are real life consequences for the people involved. Yes, people. With partners and loved ones and families who may also be impacted by the stories that are fabricated about them. These tabloids are playing with people’s lives and mental health in the name of entertainment and nope, that’s not okay.

Florence did end her message on a slightly humorous note: “Thanks for saying we look sexy. Doesn’t mean we’re doing the sexy.”

In a separate slide, she added an important reminder to her 7.3 million Insta followers about commenting online:

“There’s no need to drag people through this. Regardless of your opinion on who I should or shouldn’t be with, at the end of the day if you’re complimenting someone by trolling another person… you’re just bullying. There’s literally no need to be horrible online – no need. Think about what you write. Think about who it affects.”

As author Glennon Doyle once said, “who you are on the internet is who you are.

So what do you want your digital legacy to be? (Surely, not a**hole leaving nasty comments on Florence Pugh’s Insta page.)

(Feature Image Credit: Ovidiu Hrubaru/Shutterstock)

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