Jackson wrote this song, which like his hit "Billie Jean
," is about a particularly aggressive groupie. When Jackson was interviewed by Barbara Walters, he explained: "I wrote a song called 'Dirty Diana.' It was not about Lady Diana. It was about a certain kind of girls that hang around concerts or clubs, you know, they call them groupies. I've lived with that all my life. These girls... they do everything with the band, you know, everything you could imagine."
Recalling a concert in London where Jackson met Princess Diana, he added: "I took it out of the show in honor of her royal highness. She took me away and she said, Are you going to do 'Dirty Diana'? So, I said, 'No I took it out of the show because of you.' She said, 'No! I want you to do it. Do the song. And she told me it was an honor to meet me. And I said, 'It's an honor to meet you.'"