The song started out as a poem. "I had been working with a songwriter named Lucy Taylor quite a bit, and she came to me with what was almost a poem that I thought was amazing," Nick Gale recalled to Billboard
."We started making a beat in a session and only spent a day on a half on it. During the chorus we realized it was really good."
Six months later, Lipa's Sony label heard Taylor and Gale's demo version. "I'm not even sure how, but they thought it'd be amazing for Dua," Gale noted. "She came in and we made it right for her, like changing the key. It was a lucky one, because it's very rare you get to be the first person on a project that gives someone their first major hit."