The track's origins lay in Grande telling Savan Kotecha that she wanted a song like Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive
" that starts off slow like a ballad and turns into something different. Kotecha recalled to Billboard
how the songstress sat down with him, Ilya and Max Martin and spoke about all the pressure she'd been through. They decided to try to figure out a way for Grande to say how she was feeling in a song.
When Grande told them, "I want it to be positive and talk about positivity and love. I don't have any tears left to cry," the other three songwriters immediately knew that
was the way they could express in a song the weight she was carrying.