Speaking to Rolling Stone
, Dua Lipa recalled how she was struggling to complete this track during a writing session with the London-based electronic act RITUAL.
"I was going through a tough breakup," she said. "Someone who made me feel like I wasn't good enough. But when I wrote this song, I wanted it to seem like he couldn't get enough of me. The song was good, but the chorus wasn't quite there. We were like, 'Let's scrap it.'"
"And I was scrolling through Tumblr, and I see the words "Hotter than Hell" in red on a black background," Lipa continued. "And I go, "That's cool! What if he thought I was hotter than hell, and I just didn't want him?"