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Lance Bass Responds After Being Criticized for Keeping WeHo Bar Open During Coronavirus Pandemic

Lance Bass has released a statement as to why his West Hollywood bar Rocco’s Tavern is still open.

The 40-year-old NYSNC member was criticized by songwriter Justin Tranter for having a packed bar on Sunday (March 15) when people should be at home self-quarantining amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Lance then took to his Instagram Story to address the situation, saying that the bar is cancelling all nightlife promotions.

“We are truly a family and for 20 years our focus has always been on community an safety,” the statement reads. “For that reason we are canceling all nightlife promotions effective at closing time tonight.”

While Rocco’s is closing at night, the tavern will remain open for now.

“With that same focus on community we will NOT be closing our kitchen and will remain open to serve food and drinks at a fair price. As many of you may already experienced many basic food items are completely out of stock at local grocery stores,” the statement continued. “We will continue to offer food, drinks, takeout and delivery.”

You can read Lance Bass‘ full statement in the gallery…

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Justin Tranter Calls Out Lance Bass' WeHo Bar for Having Packed Crowd Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Justin Tranter is calling out Lance Bass‘ packed bar and the crowds of people there amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 39-year-old songwriter took to Twitter on Sunday (March 15) to share a photo of the packed outdoor patio of the 40-year-old NSYNC member’s West Hollywood bar Rocco’s Tavern.

“Dear LGBTQ community and Roccos WeHo, you are way smarter than this. Shut this s–t down now,” Justin tweeted.

After posting his tweet, many people agreed with Justin that the bar should be closed and that people should staying home and self-quarantining to prevent spreading the coronavirus.

Justin also added that he is offering to help pay LGBTQ nightclub workers if they stay home from work during this pandemic.

If you missed it, all movie theaters in New York City and Los Angeles have been ordered to close.

Selena Gomez Supports Songwriter Justin Tranter at Bill of Rights Dinner 2019

Selena Gomez is enjoying a night out with longtime collaborator Justin Tranter!

The 27-year-old singer supported the songwriter at the ACLU SoCal’s 2019 Bill of Rights Dinner on Sunday evening (November 17) at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Selena Gomez

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looked pretty in an orange, velvet dress as she attended the event to honor Justin with the Bill of Rights Award for being an outspoken and powerful voice for the LGBTQIA+ community, diversity, the climate crisis, arts education, animal rights and ending gun violence.

Also in attendance at the event was Chrissy Metz and songwriter Diane Warren.

FYI: Selena is wearing Prada.

15+ pictures inside of Selena Gomez at the other stars at the event…More Here! »

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Bebe Rexha & Idina Menzel Join Justin Tranter for Spirit Day Concert

Idina Menzel poses for a photo with singer-songwriter Justin Tranter while attending his 2019 Spirit Day Concert on Wednesday (October 16) at The Sunset Room in Los Angeles.

Also joining Justin for the “Beyond” event, which raised over $400,000 for GLAAD, were Bebe Rexha and Frankie Grande.

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and Bebe both were special guests during the show.

“Last nights concert was truly mind blowing, the money raised, the lgbtq talent shown. My mind is blown. I hope you’re wearing purple to day to show LGBTQ kids everywhere that you support them!” Justin wrote on Instagram.

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Sam Smith & Justin Tranter Enjoy a Stroll Together in Venice Beach

Sam Smith and Justin Tranter are enjoying a day out together!

The 26-year-old “Pray” singer and the 38-year-old superstar songwriter were spotted strolling with friends on Monday afternoon (February 4) in Venice Beach, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Sam Smith

Sam and Justin looked like they were in great spirits as they made their way down the street.

Sam recently premiered the music video with Normani for “Dancing With A Stranger,” which was directed by Vaughan Arnell and shot in London. Watch the video right here!

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Darren Criss Performs With Justin Tranter at Beyond Spirit Day Concert

Darren Criss hops on stage with Justin Tranter at the ‘BEYOND’ Spirit Day Concert held at The Sayers Club on Wednesday (October 17) in Hollywood.

The two surprised the crowd with a cover of Julia Michaels‘ “Issues” without any rehearsal before hand.

The event also brought out several other stars including Nick Jonas, Bea Miller, JoJo, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough and Laura Marano

Nick and Derek even donated funds to GLAAD in support of Spirit Day, Variety reports.

Spirit Day is an anti-bullying campaign that was started in 2010 and takes place on the third Thursday of October. LGBTQ people and their allies are encouraged to wear purple on the day to show their support.

25+ pictures inside…

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Tiffany Haddish, Rita Ora & Kelly Rowland Step Out for City of Hope's Spirit of Life Gala 2018!

Tiffany Haddish, Rita Ora and Kelly Rowland strike a pose on the red carpet while attending the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Gala 2018 held at Barker Hangar on Thursday (October 11) in Santa Monica, Calif.

The three ladies were joined at the event by Bebe Rexha, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell Williams, Stephanie Shepherd, Jermaine Dupri, Justin Tranter, Usher and Dr. Dre and his wife Nicole Young.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Tiffany Haddish

City of Hope is a treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases raising more than $118 million in the group’s 45-years. The charity event raised more than $6 million and honored Chairman & CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, Jon Platt.

FYI: Tiffany is wearing a Tadashi Shoji gown. Rita is wearing a Prada dress, Sophia Webster heels, AS29 earrings, Narcisa Pheres bracelet and ring, and Djula and Le Vian rings. Kelly is wearing a Yousef Aljasmi gown. Bebe is wearing Anabela Chan earrings and a Misahara ring.

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