Cole Swindell told The Boot
why he wanted to record the song:
"I'm really happy with where I am in life now, but along the way, there were relationships that ended. Some of them were 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey
'-type endings, and there have been some like ['Break Up in the End']. Those are the hard ones: You still think the world of each other; it's just not gonna work out. [This song is] a love story, in a way. Every little line describes a place that I've been at some point.
Personally, my breakups have been about half and half [in terms of being on the receiving end or being the one doing the breaking up]. I know what it's like to get hurt, and, unfortunately, I've also hurt some people. That's what keeps me guarded. I don't want to hurt anybody, and that affects my relationships to this day. But I also know that I'm not the only one who's experienced that.
Some people can't listen to [breakup songs] when they're going through breakups, but me, I'm the one that turns it up. That music lets me know I'm not alone. There may be people that you might think are invincible, but they go through the same things."