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Panic! At the Disco Guitarist Turns 21, Will Still Get Carded for the Rest of His Life

Panic!'s Ryan RossPhoto: Elizabeth Cline

Ryan Ross is now a man. Scratch that. The Panic! At the Disco guitarist is still just boyish, pretty, and fragile-looking as ever. But he is of legal drinking age! We popped over to Ross’s 21st birthday party at Pete Wentz’s bar, Angels & Kings, last night, where Ross knocked back his first government-condoned drinks. Ross’s girlfriend, Keltie Colleen, and her friends also surprised Ross with a cake wearing Vegas-showgirl-lookin’ getups (we were told they’re in a Pussy Cat Dolls–style dance group). He was also gifted with a framed photo of the Beatles (he’s a super-fan!).

On waking up an adult, Ross ribbed Vulture with “I feel like a totally different person.” As for his plans for his 22nd year, “I want to make happier music,” he says. “There’s not a lot of happy music out there, and some people may not like it, but that’s what we’re going to work towards.” Growing up sometimes means selling out emo. —Elizabeth Cline